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8 injured in stabbing terror attack in Sweden

Swedish Police Car. (AleWi/Wikimedia Commons)
March 03, 2021

A terrorist stabbing attack took place in Vetlanda, Sweden on Wednesday, leaving at least eight people injured.

Swedish police called the incident a “suspected terrorist crime” and confirmed eight people have been injured in the attack. Police shot the suspect – described only as a man in his 20s – and took him into police custody.

No deaths have been reported at this time.

The suspect is currently being treated at a local hospital and his condition is unknown.

A photo circulating social media appears to show police officers detaining the suspect. The photo’s authenticity could not be confirmed.

The incident was first described as “attempted murder” but was later designated a suspected terrorism incident.

The incident is currently under investigation but no other suspects are thought to be involved.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven released a statement saying, “We respond to these appalling actions with the joint strength of the society. We are reminded of how fragile our secure existence is. I want to ask everyone to send their thoughts to those affected by the violence and to the men and women working in healthcare, police and in the municipality who are caring for the injured and re-establishing security,” according to The Local media outlet.

Sweden’s Minister of the Interior Mikael Damberg described the attack as “terrible.”

Vetlanda is located in south Sweden, and located southwest of Stockholm, where five people died in an Islamist terror attack in April 2017.