The National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) has revealed that the young man who stabbed ten people in Turku, South-west Finland, on 18 August, was a lone wolf with sympathies towards the so-called Islamic State, a terrorist organisation also known as Isis, Isil and Daesh.
“He […] saw himself as a soldier of Isis. He saw himself acting on behalf of Isis,” Olli Töyräs, the officer in charge of the pre-trial investigation, said in a news conference on Wednesday.
KRP announced yesterday it has wrapped up its pre-trial investigation into the stabbing spree, which left two dead and eight wounded, and will forward the case to a prosecutor for consideration of charges. The pre-trial investigation found no evidence to suggest that the perpetrator was officially a member of a terrorist organisation.
The suspect has been identified in the media as Abderrahman Bouanane, a Moroccan man born in 1994. He is suspected of two murders committed with terrorist intent and several attempted murders committed with terrorist intent.
Töyräs on Wednesday revealed that the perpetrator was prepared to die in the attack. The man was brought into custody shortly after the stabbing spree after being shot in the leg by the responding police officers.
“He also would’ve wanted Isis to claim responsibility for the attack. As you all know, that didn’t happen,” added Töyräs.
He also told that the attacker was motivated by the actions of the western coalition in Raqqa, Syria. The fact that his asylum application had been rejected, on the other hand, seems not to have contributed directly to his radicalisation or decision to carry out the attack.
The radicalisation process is believed to have begun roughly three months before the attack as the man began to consume propaganda disseminated by the so-called Islamic State.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi