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Two shot in photo studio robbery

Two men were taken to hospital with leg injuries after a shooting incident at a photo studio in central Stockholm on Friday afternoon.

Police were called to Norra Stationsgatan in the Vasastan area of the city shortly after 3pm after three masked men staged a raid on a photo studio. The men left the premises after stealing a small safe.

“Something went wrong during the men’s stay on the premises and two men were shot,” police spokesman Joakim Caryll told TT.

Police said that one of the men was shot in the thigh, while the other received wounds to the calf. Both were taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Witnesses say they saw three masked men fleeing the scene after loading the safe into an old, red Audi.

“There were a lot of witnesses to the incident as the photo studio is located beside a shopping centre,” said Caryll.

A number of police units have been called in to aid in the search. Witnesses are being asked to make contact with the police.

“If anybody sees the suspected vehicle they should call 112. As the men were armed, we are treating them as dangerous,” said Caryll.

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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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