Expressen: 22-year-old Afghan suspected of ax attack in Vetlanda in Sweden, 7 people injured

Swedish policePhoto: Mikael Fritzon / TT News Agency via AP
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Three people were life-threateningly injured on Wednesday when a man attacked people with an ax in Vetlanda in Sweden. According to the newspaper Expressen, the man is a 22-year-old from Afghanistan.

The suspect came to Sweden in 2018 and has previously been convicted in drug cases and for cannabis use, according to information from the Swedish newspaper.

“The man is known to the police from before, for minor crimes,” said leader of the police district Höglandet at a press conference on Wednesday. Police searched the man’s apartment on Wednesday.

Perpetrator shot

A total of seven people were injured in the attack in the area around the train station in Vetlanda on Wednesday afternoon. The perpetrator was shot by the police and taken to hospital. He is not life-threateningly injured.

Police cordoned off five different crime scenes outdoors. The case is currently being investigated as an attempted murder, but the police do not deny that it may be a terrorist attack.

Possible terrorist motive

“There are details in the investigation that make us investigate any terrorist motives,” said the chief of the police region Malena Grann at a press conference on Wednesday night.

Much of the circumstances surrounding the attack and the course of events are still unknown.

The police are expected to provide more information about the case at a press conference on Thursday. Vetlanda is a small town about 350 km southwest of Stockholm.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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