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Sweden school killings: Attacker ‘had racist motives’

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Possibly spurred by heated debate over immigration to Sweden, a sword-wielding man with far-right and anti-Islam sympathies has attacked a school in Trollhattan, killing at least two people. From the BBC:

Sweden school killings: Attacker ‘had racist motives’

Police chief Niclas Hallgren said they had based their conclusion on what was found at the killer’s apartment and “his behaviour during the act”.

Media reports suggest the 21-year-old attacker had far-right sympathies.

Armed with a sword and wearing a helmet and mask, he stormed a school in Trollhattan, near Gothenburg, before being shot dead by police.

Police found a suicide note revealing that the attacker had meant to target “foreigners” and believed “Sweden should not take in so many immigrants”, Swedish TV reported.

But investigators believe he acted alone and there was no indication of any group involvement, Aftonbladet newspaper reports.

“He marches through the corridor with his weapons – a large sword and a large, sharp knife. He chose his victims. Those with dark-skin were attacked. He met with lighter-skinned people who were not attacked,” police investigator Thord Heraldsson told Aftonbladet.

The helmet he wore was similar to German World War Two soldiers’ helmets.

He posed for a photograph with students, who thought he was dressed for Halloween, before going from classroom to classroom at the Kronan School.

A teacher and 17-year-old boy died from stab wounds, while another male student, aged 15, and a 41-year-old teacher remain in a serious condition in hospital.

One of the victims has been identified in media reports as Lavin Eskandar, an assistant teacher. He is said to have died trying to protect schoolchildren.

The attacker’s name has not yet been released by police, though they say he was local to Trollhattan. He did not have a criminal record, police say.

The Swedish daily Expressen and other Swedish media named him as Anton Lundin Pettersson, aged 21.

He had allegedly joined a campaign to push for a referendum on whether Sweden should continue accepting migrants.

Media reports said the suspect’s accounts on Facebook and YouTube suggest he had an interest in Hitler and Nazi Germany, as well as hostility to Islam and immigration

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  • JuiceZak

    This attack is a LOCAL RESISTANCE and NATIVE SWEDISH RESPONSE upon an earlier BARBARIC attack by two IMMIGRANT muslim animals who beheaded the LOCAL NATIVE victims in the IKEA store … soon after the lost liberal fascist in Sweden is defeated together with their pets the muslim animals; this teenager WILL BE A FOLK HERO ..

  • Paul LJ Catlow

    Interesting, but a minor correction: the helmet is in fact the First World War version of the “stahlhelm” and predates the Nazis by a good twenty-five years. It was a very commonly used helmet style across Europe and was adopted by lots of countries that became independent in the post-war upheaval or by those who wanted to re-equip their own armed forces cheaply from war surplus. Countries as varied as Switzerland, the Irish Republic and indeed Sweden (and Finland) bought millions of them for their own armed forces when, abruptly, a lot became surplus to requirements. I’d guess this might have been knocking around since the late 1940’s as Swedish Army war surplus and the killer picked it up as it went with the Darth Vader vibe – George Lucas deliberately chose it as a style option to make his Imperial Stormtroopers look more sinister and fascistic. It’s such a practical helmet style that even today’s US Army uses a similarly styled helmet – you can definitely see the lineage!

  • 1DrM

    Let the mental health excuses begin………

  • ShunTheRightWhale

    There is a systematical difference: This guy used plump Nazi symbolism (Stahlhelm) and crude methods, Brevik indulged in New Right therories like the Frankfurt School conspiracy theory of “Cultural Marxism” or the one about the secret long term goal of “Eurabia” in EU politics and planned his deeds in diabolical, meticulous detail. This cunning cold ratio in service of delusion is far more dangerous, it is fueled by hate, but refines it into social agendas or tactics (of warfare), optimizes inhumanity.

  • The greenmantle

    I thought that too but then after killing loads of folks with a gun the NRA would just blame the teachers for not having guns .

    Sir David

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  • mindy1

    Sad and scary 🙁

  • Reynardine

    This one couldn’t get hold of guns.

  • HSkol

    I had read about this group a week or two ago. How in the bloody world might someone equate these weirdy beardies (no judgment, I just liked the sound of that) with ISIS?

    Regarding the terrorist in the article above, something’s really got to be done about these lone wolves. Sure, this didn’t turn out as badly as the terrorism brought on by Anders Breivik; however, the inciting sources of their hatred and tactics are far too widespread.

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