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A quiet memorial to the dead and wounded after Finland's first-ever terrorist attack, in the southwestern port city of Turku.

Israel strongly condemned last Friday afternoon’s (August 18, 2017) terror attack in the market square of Finland’s southwestern port city of Turku that left two people dead and eight more wounded. All of the victims were women, with the exception of two men who intervened to stop the 18-year-old terrorist, a Moroccan asylum seeker.

He was shot and wounded in the thigh by police moments after he began his stabbing attack.

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The Israeli government expressed its “shock” in a statement Monday, saying it “strongly condemns the attack.” The statement went on to express Israel’s “solidarity with the people of Finland,” and said the Jewish State “sends condolences to the families of those killed and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.”

Finland observed a minute of silence Sunday to pay tribute to those who were killed and injured in the stabbing that constituted its first-ever terrorist attack.

The suspect was due to appear in court for arraignment Monday after interrogation on Sunday.

According to a statement Saturday by Finnish police, the attacker deliberately targeted women, although it is not yet clear why.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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