A Twitter account used by ISIS claims that Abu Hurairah Finlandi has carried out a suicide bombing at a military base in Iraq, YLE reports on its website.

Abu Hurairah Finlandi is the nom de guerre of a young man from Pori who is believed to have travelled from Finland to Iraq or Syria last autumn. YLE writes that the alleged car bombing took place near the town of Baiji in Northern Iraq but that neither the attack nor the identity of the attacker has yet to be verified.

The alleged attacker is also under investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) in connection with threats made against the life of Members of the Finnish Parliament. He is suspected of menace made with terrorist intent, which carries a minimum punishment of four months' and maximum punishment of three years' imprisonment.

Helsingin Sanomat was unable to reach the officer in charge of the pre-trial investigation for a comment on Sunday.

Abu Hurairah Finlandi is a man of Pakistani background in his early 20s who enrolled in the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences as a student of business and administration last autumn. He had carried out his military service at the Satakunta Artillery Regiment in Niinisalo before and travelled to the Middle East soon after beginning his studies in Pori.

The Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) estimates that dozens of people have left Finland to travel to conflict-ridden areas in Iraq and Syria.

Minna Passi – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT