- The police in Sweden no longer believe that the attack on several people in the city of Vetlanda was an act of terrorism.
- The responsible public prosecutor said the alleged perpetrator, who is in custody, is now being investigated for attempted murder.
- In the knife attack, three people were life-threatening and two others were seriously injured. The police want to inform again in the afternoon.
The attack took place on Wednesday in the center of the small town of Vetlanda, around 270 kilometers southwest of Stockholm in southern Sweden. The alleged perpetrator, a man in his twenties, apparently attacked passers-by indiscriminately with a gun. Seven people were injured, three of them life-threatening. The man was shot by police when he was arrested. He was taken to a hospital injured.
In the course of the investigation, there were house searches in the city on Thursday.
The police initially ruled out terrorism, but eventually stated that they suspected a possible “terrorist crime”. In the meantime she has moved away from it.
Sweden has been targeted twice in recent years. Most recently, in 2017, a rejected Uzbek asylum seeker ran over several pedestrians in a stolen truck in Stockholm, killing five people. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for terrorism in June 2018.
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