Malmö rocked by morning crime wave

Police in Malmö have created a special unit to investigate a wave of crimes in the city on Thursday morning that included the discovery of a car bomb, a bank robbery, a burning car and a suspicious bag.

Malmö rocked by morning crime wave

“We got a tip-off that a number of explosive devices were to be detonated in Malmö and at the same time we were also alerted to the bank robbery, which was soon followed by a new alert and an explosive device outside the police station,” said police spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford.

“We think the car explosion was a diversionary maneuvre for the bank robbery. That’s our hypothesis but we are also open to other possibilities,” she added.

A city centre pre-school was evacuated early in morning after a car bomb exploded outside the premises.

The car belonged to a parent who had just dropped a child off at the daycare centre on Carl Gustafs Väg, Skånska Dagbladet reports.

Police later confirmed that an explosive device had been placed under the rear section of the vehicle.

A bomb squad dispatched to the scene was observed checking the undersides of other vehicles parked in the area.

Shortly before lunch time, two armed robbers raided a branch of Handelsbanken in the Jägersro area on the southeastern edge of the city.

A car was discovered in flames on the other side of the E6 motorway in nearby Oxie.

Police could not say whether the burning car was in any way connected the robbery.

There have been no reports of any injuries in either the bank robbery or the car bomb incidents.

A few blocks north of the city centre, the police station at Porslinsgatan was sealed of at lunch time after the discovery of a suspicious bag.

The old police station at Davidshallstorg has also been cordoned off.

Police from the entire Skåne region have been called in to Malmö, where they have been requested to patrol the streets in the city centre during the afternoon and evening.


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.” 

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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.