The National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) has announced that it arrested six Iraqi men as part of an operation carried out in Kirkkonummi early on New Year's Eve.

The men were brought into custody on suspicion of public incitement to an offence “in order to maintain public order and safety”. KRP refrained from elaborating on the nature of the offence in question but underlined in a tweet that no suspected terrorist offences have been linked to the case.

“The men in question are Iraqi nationals who entered Finland this autumn. Police were led to the suspects as a result of information gathering activities,” a KRP spokesperson states in a press release.

The press release also clarifies that the arrests were made in order to prevent crimes that have yet to be committed. KRP declined to shed further light on the details of the case due to the pre-trial investigation still being in its infancy.

The Western Uusimaa Police Department, meanwhile, stated in a press release that the operation took place at the Aavaranta Reception Centre in Kirkkonummi.

“Several patrols participated in today's operation in order to secure the operation and to guarantee the occupational safety of the officers. No one resisted the arrests, and the operation posed no danger to bystanders. The pre-trial investigation connected to the matter will be conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation,” the press release reads.

Thomas Elfgren, the KRP officer in charge of the investigation, reiterates in an interview with Uusi Suomi that none of the men in custody are suspected of incitement to a terrorist offence.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi