Authorities interrogated the prime suspect, an 18-year-old Moroccan citizen who was shot and detained by police following Friday’s knife rampage in the center of Turku, about 100 miles west of Helsinki.
The suspect is believed to have acted with an “ideological motive,” according to Stephan Sundqvist, superintendent for the police in Finland’s southwest region.
He arrived in Finland in 2016 and “has been in the asylum-seeking process,” Mr. Sundqvist said. “It seems that he targeted primarily women,” in Friday’s attack he said, while the injured men were most likely trying to stop the assailant.
Police said the two women stabbed to death were Finnish, while one Italian, one Swedish and one British citizen were among the wounded.
The Turku incident came less than 24 hours after Spain was hit by two vehicle attacks on Thursday that killed at least 14 people and injured more than 100.