Finnish authorities said on Friday that five young men were arrested and detained on charges of planning a “far-right attack” with bombs and firearms, which is unprecedented in the Scandinavian country.
Selon un responsable du service finlandais de sûreté intérieure (Supo), les cinq hommes âgés “d’environ 25 ans” affichent des convictions “accélérationnistes”, un mouvement suprémaciste blanc lié à des fusillades-Unis aux latis racialists at E Society.
The five men are on probation for two years
These are the first arrests of a far-right attack plan in FinlandAccording to the police. The suspects were arrested on Tuesday and live in Kankanpa, a small town of 13,000 in the southwest of the country. They were brought before a judge on Friday and returned to pretrial detention.
Neither the possible target(s) nor the details of the possible modus operandi were disclosed. Police said at a news conference that the five men had been under surveillance since they were first arrested two years ago.
Commissioner Tony Shublom said searches conducted in December 2019 revealed a “significant amount of firearms, ammunition and explosives.” They display “extreme right-wing acceleration tendencies,” Sobu representative Eero Petila explained.
According to far-right experts, the “accelerators” hope to stir up the chaos of inter-ethnic conflict to provoke a major uprising among Westerners. Small groups have been identified in many countries, but the movement is recent.
Two suspected “neo-Nazis”
They noted that Finnish investigators found “terrorist materials” in their possession, which along with other investigative evidence “reinforces the impression that they have become radicalized and gives reason to suspect that they have committed terrorist crimes.”
The 1920s did not seem to ripen in far-right organized groups, but on the contrary, they tried to remain conservative.
“A small group like this idealistic terrorist violence operates clandestinely and its activity will not include links with openly organized far-right groups,” said Eero Petilla.
One of the suspects was described as “shaven-headed” and two others were known as “neo-Nazis”, according to Finnish media quoting residents of Kankanpa.
Europol agency linked to the investigation
Police showed a photo of one of the suspects posing with a large knife and a pistol in the other, his eyes hidden behind a ski mask.
The investigation must last several months, until March 31, before a possible indictment is issued. It was announced the arrest of the five men on charges of “preparing a terrorist act” earlier this afternoon, without details. European Police Agency Europol It was related to the investigation.
Last March, Finnish intelligence said the terrorist threat to the Scandinavian nation of 5.5 million people was “high,” the second lowest on a scale of four. But the agencies warned that the danger linked to right-wing extremism was “more worrying” than the previous year. Anti-terror plans are rare in Finland.
The charge of “terrorism” was first raised in 2018, after Moroccan asylum seeker Abderrahmane Bouanane stabbed ten people and killed two, in the southwestern city of Turku.