Moroccan knife attacker trial starts in Finland

Moroccan knife attacker trial starts in Finland
Suspect Moroccan man Abderrahman Bouanane sits in court accused of two murders and 8 murder attempts with terrorist intent, in Turku, Finland, on Monday April 9, 2018. Bouanane is accused of committing a knife attack in Turku on August 18, 2017. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP)

HELSINKI (AP) — A trial has opened in Finland in the case of a Moroccan asylum seeker and alleged Islamic State sympathizer charged with fatally stabbing two people and wounding eight others in August.

Abderrahman Bouanane was led handcuffed on Monday into a makeshift courtroom in a prison in Turku, the southwestern Finnish city where the Aug. 18 attack took place.

State Prosecutor Hannu Koistinen has charged Bouanane, born in 1994, with two counts of terror-related murder and eight counts of attempted murder with a terror-related motive, the first terror-related charges issued in Finland.

Police said in February that Bouanane identified strongly with IS and that the attack was motivated largely by hatred after heavy bombardments by the Western-led coalition in Syria last year.

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for Bouanane.