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Boy in critical condition after brutal attack

A 17-year-old boy was taken to Lund University Hospital with serious injuries on Sunday evening after being beaten unconscious on a football pitch in Malmö's Rosengård district.

According to witnesses, the boy was playing football with a friend his own age when he was attacked by a group of six or seven young men.

The boy’s friend managed to get away away but the 17-year-old was held down before being punched and kicked repeatedly in the head.

Despite being operated on overnight, the boy’s condition is described by doctors as critical and he remains heavily sedated.

By Monday morning police had not yet arrested any suspects and a motive for the attack has not yet been found.

Police said that it was difficult to question witnesses as they had been in a state of shock.

“This was a particularly ruthless assault. We are going to do everything we can to solve this even if it takes some time to find out more,” said a police spokesman in Malmö.

Police do not believe that the attack was connected to other disturbances reported in Rosengård at the weekend.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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