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Ambassador urges caution after Paris attack

Following the murder of a 19-year-old Swedish woman in Paris, Sweden’s Ambassador Gunnar Lund has urged young Swedes to be careful when visiting the French capital.

“I want to stress to every young Swede that in Paris, just like all other large cities, crimes occur,” he said to the TT news agency.

He describes the murder of the young Swede as “a monstrous crime”.

“You can’t be too careful down here. You shouldn’t be out alone at night and moving about the city. You need to make sure to stay in groups and observe that you take every possible precaution,” said Sweden’s ambassador in Paris.

He points out that there are perpetrators with an interest in following and trying to entice young people from other countries who aren’t very familiar with the streets of Paris.

The 19-year-old woman disappeared after a visit to a nightclub in central Paris early Saturday morning.

Her body was found later the same day in a wooded area north of the city.

According to AFP, her body showed signs of being badly beaten and stabbed.

AFP also reported the body had been partially burned, information which was confirmed for TT by a source in Sweden’s Foreign Ministry.

“We learned that from the French police. It appears as if the perpetrator had tried to cover up evidence,” said the source.

According to media reports, the woman as also shot several times in the head.

Last Saturday someone tried to take money out of the woman’s bank account at a cash machine near where her body was found. An image of the unknown person may have been recorded by a security camera connected to the cash machine, according to the Aftonbladet and Expressen newspapers.

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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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