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Boy shot in head in Malmö

Police suspect that a 16-year-old boy found bleeding in a pedestrian tunnel in Malmö yesterday evening was the victim of an attempted murder.

At first it seemed the boy had been involved in a traffic accident. But ambulance staff quickly realised that the boy’s injuries were not the result of a collision.

Doctors at Malmö University Hospital who operated on the boy last night confirmed that he had been shot in the head, neck and shoulder. He also had head wounds resulting from a knife attack.

The boy was later taken to the neurosurgery division of Lund University Hospital to have a bullet removed from his skull.

“It was probably a light weapon, maybe an air gun. His injuries are serious however, though not life-threatening,” said police commander Claes-Göran Gunnarsson.

The boy spoke briefly with police yesterday evening.

“He told us he was knocked over by something. Then he blacked out and doesn’t remember any more,” said Gunnarsson.

Police are treating the incident as attempted murder.

“One would think that that somebody would have heard something but we have not heard from any witnesses yet,” said Gunnarsson.

The police commander has not yet discovered a motive for the crime but said that there did not appear to be any connection to local gang fighting.

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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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