HELSINKI (Reuters) – A Moroccan man who killed two and injured nine with a knife in Finland last August saw himself as a soldier for the Islamic State militant group and cited U.S.-led air strikes in Syria as one reason for his attack, Finnish police said on Wednesday.
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.
“Based on the investigation, we can say he acted alone. You could say as a lone wolf.”
Bouanane arrived in Finland in 2016, lived in a reception center in Turku and had …