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Finland's intelligence agency said the deadly knife attack is 'a likely terror act'

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Updated August 19, 2017 11:00 AM EDT

Finland's intelligence agency said Saturday that the deadly knife attack in the city of Turku is "a likely terror attack."

Police said an 18-year-old Moroccan asylum-seeker is a suspect in the attack, which left two dead and seven others wounded. The suspect's name has not been released, but police say he came to Finland in early 2016.

"It's likely at this moment that we're dealing with a terror attack," intelligence agency investigator Pekka Hiltunen said. Authorities are investigating the suspect's connections to the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS.

Two Finnish women were killed in the attack, while the wounded included four Finns, one Italian, one Briton and one Swedish man. Two of the wounded remain in intensive care.

Authorities in Finland have shot and arrested a suspect after several people were stabbed in the city of Turku.

The incident reportedly occurred in the city's Puutori-Market Square area, BBC reported. The police have warned people to stay away from the area.

The South-West Finland police warned citizens to stay away from the area.

The police confirmed that they have apprehended the suspect.

The city of Turku is located around 85 miles west of the capital, Helsinki.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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