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23 year old shot dead in Malmö

A 23 year old man has died after being shot in the stomach in central Malmö early on Sunday morning. The man managed to take a taxi to the MAS university hospital, but he died of his injuries soon after he arrived.

According to Peter Mangell, surgical consultant at the hospital, the 23 year old survived for long enough for the doctors to get him into the operating theatre.

“He died on the operating table. His injuries were very, very serious,” he told TT.

Nobody has yet been arrested for the murder, which took place on Gustav Adolf square at around 4am. However, police say that the square was full of witnesses and interviews were being carried out throughout the day on Sunday.

“It looks like it was a gang dispute. The 23 year old was involved in criminal activity and that could be the reason he ended up in this situation,” said Lars Förstell, information director at Malmö police.

“We have a number of different hypotheses, but I don’t want to say any more than that,” he added.

Part of the square was still cordoned off on Sunday morning as forensic experts investigated the crime scene.

TT/The Local

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Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

The man behind the knife attack at Sweden's Almedalen political festival has been active in the militant neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, Swedish media have reported.

Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

He has taken part in several neo-Nazi demonstrations over the past few years and has also expressed support for the extreme right Alternative for Sweden party on social media, the Expressen newspaper reported.

The Moderate MP Hanif Bali said on Twitter after the news came out that the stabbing was “a terror attack”. “This is nothing other than a terror attack”. 

The man stabbed a woman in the upper body at the Donners plats square only a minute’s walk from the stage where all eight of Sweden’s parliamentary party leaders are making speeches this week at the Almedalen political festival. The women is being treated for severe injuries at the Visby Lasarett hospital. 

The 30-something attacker fled the scene but was stopped and arrested by Lars Reuterberg, a 69-year-old pensioner. 

Reuterberg told the TT newswire that he had heard someone shout “stop him!” and then seen a man jump over a fence from the corner restaurant. 

“I thought he’d nicked a bag or something, and my spontaneous reaction was ‘I should take him down’. He wasn’t such a big guy, certainly no bodybuilder, so I tried to look a little uninterested, but when he came near me he ended up on the end of mighty great shove.” 

The man flew into a door and then just lay here. “It was only then I saw that he had a knife, which I hadn’t known earlier, because then I might have acted differently,” he said. 

“I’m livid now,” he went on. “This is the world’s most unique political week, a people’s festival where you can meet politicians and celebrities and everyone says ‘hi’, where there are journalists and everything. And this nutter goes and wrecks it all.” 

“I’m quite proud of myself,” he admitted. “I was never afraid. I’m afraid now for the woman who got stabbed.”

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