Police cordone off the scene of an attacked injuring eight people in the Swedish city of Vetlanda
Swedish police cordon off the scene of an attack that wounded eight people in the city of Vetlanda
Photo: AFP
Swedish police cordon off the scene of an attack that wounded eight people in the city of Vetlanda

Swedish police probing knife attack as possible 'terror crime'

At least eight wounded when suspect attacked people in the small town of Vetlanda; suspected attacker arrested and hospitalized after being shot; PM Lofven condemns incident, says domestic security agency also working on case

News Agencies |
Published: 03.03.21 , 22:14
Swedish police said they were investigating a knife attack on Wednesday as a possible "terror crime" in which at least eight people were wounded, and that the assailant had been arrested after being shot and wounded.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • Police said a man in his 20s attacked people in the small town of Vetlanda, about 190 kilometers (118 miles) southeast of Goteborg, Sweden’s second largest city.
    2 צפייה בגלריה
    Police cordone off the scene of an attacked injuring eight people in the Swedish city of Vetlanda
    Police cordone off the scene of an attacked injuring eight people in the Swedish city of Vetlanda
    Swedish police cordon off the scene of an attack that wounded eight people in the city of Vetlanda
    (Photo: AFP)
    Some of the victims were in serious condition and the suspect was hospitalized after his arrest, a police spokesman told a news conference.
    The man was previously known to police for minor crimes, the spokesman said. Swedish media reported that the assailant used an axe.
    ”Some are seriously injured and some are slightly injured, but no one is dead,” police spokeswoman Angelica Israelsson Silfver told the Aftonbladet newspaper.
    2 צפייה בגלריה
    Police cordone off the scene of an attacked injuring eight people in the Swedish city of Vetlanda
    Police cordone off the scene of an attacked injuring eight people in the Swedish city of Vetlanda
    Swedish police patrol the scene of an attack in the city of Vetlanda
    (Photo: EPA)
    Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven condemned the incident.
    "We confront such heinous acts with the combined force of our society," he told TT news agency.
    He said Sweden’s domestic security agency SAPO was also working on the case.
    ”They continuously assess whether there are reasons to take security-enhancing measures and are prepared to do so if necessary,” he said in a statement.
    Regional police chief Malena Grann told a news conference that a suspect had been arrested after ”police opened fire.”
    Local police chief Jonas Lindell said the suspect had been admitted to hospital.
    Talkbacks for this article 0