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University massacre threat suspect released

University massacre threat suspect released

Published: 17 Mar 2010 07:51 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Mar 2010 07:51 GMT+01:00

The 33-year-old student held on suspicion of the massacre threat at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm on Monday has been released. He remains suspected of making illegal threats.

"There are no grounds for keeping him in custody," Gothenburg prosecutor Lars Lindman said in a statement.

The man had sat in custody since the early hours of Monday morning when he was arrested at his student halls of residence in Gothenburg after posting a threatening message on the US-based internet forum 4chan.org.

The 33-year-old Chalmers University of Technology student on Tuesday expressed "deep regret" over his actions and has explained to police that the whole incident was a very bad joke.

Swedish police sought the help of the FBI to trace the 33-year-old from his threatening post on the popular website. In his post he had explained that his girlfriend had recently broken up with him and that he wanted to die.

"On Monday I plan to take my gun ... to the school and shoot as many people as I can before the police come and shoot me," he wrote.

The poster also referred to recent school massacres in Finland.

"You'll see. I will beat that Finnish bastard's record, since Swedish police do not exactly seem to be the fastest at getting to the scene."

Sweden was hit by a wave of copycat threats on Monday and Tuesday in what experts described as a typical pattern for this type of offence.

A school in Västervik was closed as a precautionary measure after threats of a shooting were forwarded by mail on Monday. The decision was taken to keep the school closed on Tuesday as police had been unable to determine the threat's source.

In northern Sweden a 14-year-old boy took dynamite and a detonator to a school in Ramsele, and a 16-year-old in Piteå admitted to threatening to take a gun to school on Tuesday. Both were released after preliminary police interviews.

Later on Monday evening, a boy threatened to use a rifle to kill pupils and staff at a school in Borås in western Sweden. The school remained open under police surveillance on Tuesday.

"This type of crime has a contagion effect which is evidently greater than with other offences," said psychiatrist Ulf Åsgård to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:21 March 17, 2010 by idialogue
Definately if he were from Iraq, he would throw into AbuGhareeb. The definate example how biased police made the decisions.
15:02 March 17, 2010 by sissygirl
THINK before you click "send." You have to watch out for the quiet ones. There are signs, but those idiots blasting rubbish usually are just barking with no bite. Like I said, watch out for the quiet ones. They'll bite.

The guy is definitely an idiot. Everyone will be watching him now, and not noticing the quiet little psyco carrying in an AK47 at the university buildings.
22:23 March 17, 2010 by glamelixir
I don't know... I wouldn't feel safe if I was a KTH student.

I mean, what are they expecting him to say? Yes, I was planning it and I will do it as soon as you set me free? C'mon.

This is not something to joke about, the punishment should have been more.
00:09 March 18, 2010 by delusion1982
who is gonna compensate me for the hours of worry the night before! and who is gonna pay me back my tax money which was spent to secure the university?

The staff of all KTH was on hold the night before waiting for more info about whether to go the next day or not. And who the hell is gonna compensate for the thousands of man/hour spent to repeat the exams because people were afraid to go.

Who the hell would do that? his prosecutor? its just so pathetic man...
07:50 March 18, 2010 by johnnyrebel
Dont tell this guy about the education available in prison.
22:04 March 18, 2010 by MTH
Exactly he should pay for the damage he has cost plus a punishment. I hate that they walk away so easy with crimes!
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