Terror strikes Finland, one day after Barcelona rampage
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Terror strikes Finland, one day after Barcelona rampage

Finland has highest number of foreign jihadi fighters per capita among non-Muslim-majority countries.

Posted August 18, 2017 04:25 PM by Jordan Schachtel Finland Terror AP
Rescue personnel has covered a stabbing victim on the Turku Market Square on Friday, 18th August, 2017. | Rex Features | AP Images
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For the second day in a row, terror-plagued Europe has suffered an attack.

Eight people were stabbed — including a mother pushing her baby in a stroller — by an assailant in the center of Turku, Finland, Friday, in an incident that is still being investigated by local authorities.

Though the official motives for the stabbing spree remains undetermined, the apprehended suspect is a young male described by authorities as “not Finnish,” according to a report. Later, police described the assailant as a “youngish man with a foreign background.”

Two people have died from their injuries, and another six are wounded, police said in a statement.

Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation, a police outfit that focuses on serious crimes such as acts of terrorism, has taken over the investigation. They will hold a press conference at 2 P.M. local time Saturday.

In June, the Finish Security Intelligence Service (SUPO) raised the terrorism threat level from “low” to “elevated,” citing intel on potential Islamic terror.

“The most significant terrorist threat in Finland is still posed by individual actors or small groups motivated by radical Islamist propaganda or terrorist organizations encouraging them,” SUPO said in the June statement.

Over recent years, Finland has imported tens-of-thousands of migrants and asylum seekers from the Middle East. A November, 2016 report found that at least 80 foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq had traveled from Finland. 

As of 2015, the country had the highest number of foreign fighters per capita than any other non-Muslim country. About one in 1,400 Finnish Muslims travel to the Middle East to fight in the civil wars there. Finnish terrorists have carried out suicide bombings on behalf of ISIS, according to SUPO. Meanwhile, the number of Islamic migrants of concern to Finland’s security services continues to multiply exponentially.

The knife rampage comes just one day after a vicious vehicular jihad attack in Barcelona, Spain, that claimed the lives of over a dozen and injured over 100 more. The attack was later claimed by the Islamic State.


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Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.