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Finnish police release man arrested over knife attack
August 26, 2017 / 10:24 AM / a month ago

Finnish police release man arrested over knife attack

Mourners bring memorial cards, candles and flowers to the Turku Market Square, in Turku, Finland August 20, 2017. Lehtikuva/Vesa Moilanen/via

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish police released a third man on Saturday out of seven arrested following last week’s fatal stabbings in the city of Turku.

Two women died and eight people were wounded in what police said at the time they suspected was Finland’s first terrorism-related assault.

The main suspect, who remains in custody, has been named as Abderrahman Mechkah, an 18-year-old Moroccan. He told a court he was responsible for the attack but denied his motive was terrorism.

Officers arrested a total of seven people after the attack, and have now released three of them without charge.

Reporting by Tuomas Forsell; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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