Turku Attack Update: Arrests, Attacker’s Identity and Memorial Planned

Police have to decide whether to keep holding four men suspected of involvement in the Turku knife attack. One attacker's real name has been discovered by police. And Turku is planning a memorial event in September to remember those affected by the attack.

Flowers and candles in Turku / Credit: @turun_poliisi Instagram

Police in Turku will have to decide tomorrow whether to continue holding four suspects in the August 18th knife rampage attack; or whether to let them go.

The men were arrested in the wake of the attack, which left two women dead and six other people wounded. They have been charged with terror-inspired murder and attempted murder. As of today, two of the people injured in the attack were still in hospital, according to officials.

The police will have to present new evidence in court tomorrow if they want to keep holding the men in custody while the investigation continues.

Terror Suspect’s Real Name Discovered

Meanwhile, the District Court of Southwest Finland revealed the real name of the man police say carried out the knife attack. He is 22-year old Abderrahman Bouanane from Morocco. Officials say he lied to Finnish authorities since claiming asylum, pretending to be an 18-year old called Abderrahman Mechkah.

Finnish law enforcement agencies were able to track down his real identity after cooperation with international police forces.

According to police, Abderrahman Bouanane has confessed to the stabbings, but denies a terrorist motive.

Turku Candles Cleared

And Turku city has begun to move candles and flowers from the spot where the knife attack took place. Cards and letters left by well-wishers will be collected at the Turku Museum Centre.

On September 17th, Turku will organise a memorial event to remember the victims of the stabbing, and to strengthen the community.