Eight people were injured in Sweden on Wednesday March 3 during a stabbing attack in Vetlanda, a town located in the south of the country. The alleged perpetrator was injured in the leg by police gunfire before being arrested, authorities said.
Police had initially ruled out the terrorist trail but let it be known in the early evening that they were considering a “Terrorist crime”, without explaining this change. The suspect, a man in his twenties, was in possession of a “Sharp weapon”police spokesman Kristian Ljungberg told Agence France-Presse (AFP). No further details were given about the suspect, who was taken to hospital to treat his injuries. Two victims of the attack suffered serious injuries.
Two attacks since 2010
“I condemn this terrible act. We face these heinous acts with the collective strength of society ”, reacted the Swedish Prime Minister, the Social Democrat Stefan Löfven. The police and intelligence, who collaborate in this case, “Continuously assess the need for reasons to take security measures and we are ready to do so if necessary”, he said on social networks.
In Sweden, the intelligence services consider the terrorist threat to be high and adjustments have been made regularly, especially after attacks on European soil. The Scandinavian country has been targeted twice by terrorist attacks in recent years.
In the latest one, in 2017, a failed Uzbek asylum seeker mowed down several pedestrians in the capital Stockholm with a stolen truck, killing five people. He was sentenced to life in prison in June 2018 for terrorism. In December 2010, a man carried out a suicide bombing attack in central Stockholm, but was only slightly injured.