Swede confirmed dead after Paris terror attacks
The Local · 14 Nov 2015, 14:41
Published: 14 Nov 2015 08:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Nov 2015 14:41 GMT+01:00
- Sweden remembers France attack victims (14 Nov 15)
- Swedish police on alert in wake of Paris attacks (14 Nov 15)
More than 120 people were killed in a series of coordinated bombings and shootings across Paris on Friday, including around 100 shot dead in a bloodbath at a rock concert.
"We have information that one person of Swedish nationality was wounded by gunfire and another was killed," said Johan Tegel, a ministry spokesman told public television in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The news was confirmed by Swedish Interior Minister Anders Ygeman, speaking to Sveriges Radio in the afternoon.
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström was among the first global figureheads rushing to condemn the attacks on Friday, describing the violence as "horrible news".
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told a press conference just after noon on Saturday that Swedes were "grieving" for France and for the Swedish victims.
“We think of the victims and their relatives, of parents who have lost their children. One Swede is dead and we have information that another Swede has been wounded in a shooting. We are in touch with their families,” he said.
Stockholmers also joined members of the French community living in the Swedish capital and held a peaceful rally in Sergel's torg, one of the largest public squares in the city.
Horrible news from Paris tonight. Our thoughts and support goes to France and all those affected by the deadly attacks.
— Margot Wallström (@margotwallstrom) November 13, 2015
Meanwhile Swedish officials announced that they were stepping up security in the wake of the terror in France and ahead of Sweden's Euro 2016 qualifier against Denmark in Solna, north of Stockholm, scheduled to kick off at 8.45pm.