Swedish police suspect ‘terror motives’ could be behind Vetlanda attack

Man stabs 7 people before reportedly being shot and apprehended by police.

Swedish police suspect ‘terror motives’ could be behind Vetlanda attack

Swedish police are investigating “possible terror motives,” after a stabbing attack in the town of Vetlanda on Wednesday.

At a press conference following the incident, the chief of police for the Jönköping region Malena Grann said authorities had launched a preliminary probe into “attempted murder,” but there was a possibility the attack was terror-motivated.

A suspect attacked seven people in the center of Vetlanda, a town of 13,000 people 340 kilometers south of Stockholm, at around 3 p.m. Wednesday, leaving several victims in a serious condition. Police said in a statement they had arrested a man in his 20s, who is being treated in hospital after officers reportedly shot him while apprehending him.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in a statement called the attack “heinous,” and confirmed prosecutors had launched a “preliminary investigation into terrorist crimes.”

Sweden’s last major terror attack occurred in 2017, when a man who was sympathetic to Islamic State drove a stolen truck into a crowd, killing five people.

Source : Politico EU More