The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has confirmed that two persons detained on suspicion of engaging in the recruitment and financing of terrorists are Somali citizens.
Finnish police say that a man and woman arrested on suspicion of financing terrorism and terror recruitment are linked to al-Shabab, Somalia’s most powerful militant group.
The suspects say they sent small amounts of money to Somalia. The 34-year-old man is also suspected of recruiting at least one person abroad to commit an act of terrorism overseas.
The male suspect has lived in Finland since 2005 and has applied for Finnish citizenship. He has held a number of jobs in Finland and has also been self-employed. The 28-year-old woman, a student, arrived in the country in 2008.
Intelligence officials detained the suspects on September 7 in the Helsinki region in Finland’s first terror-linked arrests.
Police are also investigating other people, some of them abroad, and have confiscated material evidence during house searches in the capital region.
Officials have until December 15 to charge the suspects.