Police: Finland Knife Attacker Saw Himself as ISIS Soldier

Thursday, 8 February, 2018 - 07:45
Helsinki - Asharq Al-Awsat

A Moroccan man who killed two and injured nine with a knife in Finland last August saw himself as a soldier for the ISIS militant group and cited US-led air strikes in Syria as one reason for his attack, Finnish police said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

Abderrahman Bouanane, at the time a 22-year-old asylum seeker, has admitted to the stabbings in what the police see as the Nordic country’s first terrorism-related attack.

“He saw himself as a fighter, a soldier for ISIS. He would have wanted ISIS to take responsibility for this act, but as we know, that did not happen,” Detective Inspector Olli Toyras from the National Bureau of Investigation told a news conference, Reuters reported.

“We can say he acted alone. You could say as a lone wolf,” Toyras added.

Bouanane arrived in Finland in 2016, lived in a reception center in Turku and had been denied asylum.

He told the police he had started to learn about ISIS three months before the attack.

The police have closed their criminal investigation, and a trial is expected to begin by March.

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