STOCKHOLM — A person armed with an ax attacked and injured eight individuals in a southern Swedish city on Wednesday earlier than being shot and arrested, the police mentioned. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven mentioned a attainable 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 mentioned however didn’t elaborate.
Shortly after his assertion, investigators at a police information convention mentioned that 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,” the regional police chief, Malena Grann, mentioned. The police mentioned the person, who’s in his 20s, attacked individuals within the small city of Vetlanda, about 118 miles southeast of Goteborg, Sweden’s second largest metropolis. His motive was not instantly identified.
The person was shot by police, who mentioned the situation of these attacked and of the perpetrator was not instantly identified. Officers didn’t present the identification of the suspect, who was taken to a hospital.
The native police chief, Jonas Lindell, mentioned “evidently the accidents will not be life-threatening” however couldn’t give additional particulars. The occasions came about in downtown Vetlanda with the police saying that they had obtained calls a couple of man assaulting individuals with an ax.
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 needed,” he mentioned in a press release.