Europe

Finland holds terrorism suspects

  • 16 September 2011
  • From the section Europe

Two men suspected of financing and recruiting for terrorism have been arrested in Finland, police say.

The authorities said the suspects were taken into custody on 7 September. It is thought to be the first case of its kind in the country.

Officers had searched several homes and other locations in the Helsinki area before carrying out the arrests.

Police said it had been a "lengthy investigation", but did not immediately release any more details.

"Police have begun an inquiry into a suspected case of financing and recruiting for a terrorist activity," said the National Bureau of Investigation in a statement.

The statement gave no clue as to the suspected affiliations of the men, or details of their ages of nationalities.

A news conference is planned for Saturday.