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:
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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