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Two held for Stockholm murder

Two men were arrested in Stockholm overnight on suspicion of murder after a man was found shot dead in Vårberg in the south west of the city.

The shooting was reported to the police just after 1am on Saturday morning, when local residents heard two or three shots fired in the area. Within twenty minutes police found the man dead in a field by Ängsholmsgränd, behind Vårberg school. He had been shot in the chest.

“Thirty minutes later two suspected attackers were arrested. One of them had a loaded weapon,” said Kurt-Erik Hansson, spokesman for Stockholm police.

Early on Saturday morning the men, who were said to be in their 40s, were being held but police had still not identified the victim.

Forensics experts were investigating the scene of the crime and later on Saturday police will resume questioning the two men. Officers are expecting to be able to interview several witnesses.

The reason for the murder is unknown.

“According to witnesses there was a row, raised voices and fighting,” said Catharina Nordin, duty officer at south Stockholm police.

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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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