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Finland registers first-ever case of suspected far-right terrorism – RT World News

Five men have been arrested for allegedly planning gun and bomb attacks in what Finnish police consider to be the first case of far-right terrorism in the country’s history.

Members of the group, who were operating in the southwestern town of Kankaanpää, were arrested on Tuesday after being under surveillance for two years. The court ruled on Friday that they should remain in detention.

The suspects are old “about 25”, and most of them have criminal records, police said in a statement. Weapons, ammunition and fertilizers – which can be used to make explosives – were seized during the raid in which they were detained.

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Extremist material found among men’s possessions, and other material unearthed during the investigation “Reinforces the impression that they have become radicalized and gives reasons to suspect them of terrorist offenses”, the statement read.

The group seems to have been motivated by “Accelerationism” – a white supremacist ideology which is based on the idea that Western governments are irremediably corrupt and seeks to accelerate their demise by sowing division and interracial conflicts. The ideology has been linked to several high-profile shootings in the United States as well as the attack on the Christchurch Mosque in New Zealand in 2019.

Police did not disclose the targets the men planned to attack, but said they acted independently of any major far-right organization. They are currently under investigation for involvement in terrorism, illegal possession of firearms and aggravated theft.

Prosecutors have given police until March 31 of next year to file a complaint.

Detective Superintendent Toni Sjoblom described the case as “disturbing” and urged the Finnish public to help its officers counter the far-right threat.

“If you see clear signs of radicalization in those close to you, you must react as quickly as possible, for example by expressing your concerns to the authorities. he said.

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