Sweden attack: Man injures seven in stabbing attack

The attack is being treated as attempted murder but police are also investigating the possibility of terror motives

A man has injured seven people, three seriously, in a stabbing attack in a south Swedish town.

The assailant, who is in his 20s, struck in the centre of Vetlanda around 15:00 (14:00 GMT) on Wednesday.

The man was shot by officers and is under observation in hospital. His condition is said to be non life-threatening.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said the horrific violence was a reminder of how frail our safe existence is.

We face these despicable actions with the combined force of the community, he posted on Facebook.

Extra police officers have been put on patrol in the area.

What do we know of the attack?
Five different crime scenes, a few hundred metres apart, were identified, local police chief Jonas Lindell said.

One eyewitness, florist Asa Karlqvist, told local newspaper Vetlanda-Posten: We heard a scream from the street. Then we saw a man enter the store, shouting that he had been stabbed.

Blood was pouring from his shoulder, so we got towels and applied pressure on the wound.

Local resident Olivia Strandberg told broadcaster SVT she had seen from her window the suspect being taken away.

I had just gotten to my apartment when my best friend wrote me and said, Don’t go out!

No details were given of the weapon used.

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