Man injures eight individuals with axe in Sweden’s Vetlanda earlier than being shot, arrested

Man injures eight individuals with axe in Sweden’s Vetlanda earlier than being shot, arrested

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven stated a terrorist motive was being investigated, whereas police added that not one of the victims acquired life-threatening accidents

Man injures eight people with axe in Sweden’s Vetlanda before being shot, arrested

Police are seen within the space after a number of individuals have been attacked in Vetlanda, Sweden. AP

Stockholm: A person armed with an axe attacked and injured eight individuals in a southern Swedish city Wednesday earlier than being shot and arrested, police stated.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven stated a potential terrorist motive was being investigated. “Within the gentle of what has emerged to this point within the police investigation, prosecutors have initiated a preliminary investigation into terrorist crimes,” he stated however did not elaborate.

Shortly after his assertion, investigators at a police press convention stated that they had began a preliminary investigation into tried homicide, with particulars “that make us examine any terrorist motives”.

“However for the time being I can’t go into particulars,” regional police chief Malena Grann stated.

Police stated the person in his 20s attacked individuals within the small city of Vetlanda, about 190 kilometers (118 miles) southeast of Goteborg, Sweden’s second largest metropolis. His motive was not instantly recognized.

The person was shot by police, who stated the situation of these attacked and of the perpetrator was not instantly recognized. Officers didn’t present the id of the suspect, who was taken to hospital.

Native police chief Jonas Lindell stated “plainly the accidents should not life-threatening” however couldn’t give additional particulars.

The occasions befell in downtown Vetlanda with police saying they bought calls simply after 1400 GMT a few man assaulting individuals with an axe. Police additionally stated that there are 5 crime scenes on this city of roughly 13,000.

Lofven condemned “this horrible act,” and added that Sweden’s home safety company SAPO was additionally engaged on the case. ”They constantly assess whether or not there are causes to take security-enhancing measures and are ready to take action if obligatory,” he stated in a press release.

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