Swedish police stated they have been investigating potential terror motives for a knife assault on Wednesday through which not less than eight individuals have been injured, and that the assailant has been arrested after being shot and wounded, Pattern stories citing Reuters.
Among the victims have been in critical situation and the suspect, a person in his 20s, was hospitalised after his arrest, a police spokeswoman instructed a information convention. The person was beforehand identified to police for minor crimes, she stated.
All eight victims have been hospitalised and three had life-threatening accidents, the Jonkoping regional council stated on its web site.
Police stated the suspect attacked not less than 5 completely different places in Vetlanda.
“We have now began a preliminary investigation of tried homicide however there are particulars within the investigation that make us examine potential terror motives,” regional head of police Malena Grann instructed a information convention.
Police have been alerted to the assault in Vetlanda, a city of round 13,000 individuals, round 3 p.m. and initially stated it didn’t seem like an act of terrorism.
“We heard a scream from the road. Then we noticed a person enter the shop, shouting that he had been stabbed,” Asa Karlqvist, proprietor of a florist store, instructed native newspaper Vetlanda-Posten.
“Blood was pouring from his shoulder, so we acquired towels and utilized stress on the wound,” she stated.
The state of affairs was below management and there have been no indications that anybody else was concerned within the assault within the city of Vetlanda, 340 km (210 miles) south of the capital Stockholm, police instructed journalists.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven condemned the incident. “We confront such heinous acts with the mixed power of our society,” he stated in a press release, including he was in fixed contact with each the police and the safety service.
In April 2017, a radical Islamist drove a truck into crowds of consumers on a busy avenue in central Stockholm, killing 5 individuals earlier than crashing right into a division retailer. He was arrested and later sentenced to life in jail.