Armed robbers hit two banks in western Sweden

Two banks were robbed on Monday morning in Charlottenberg, in northern Värmland, not far from the Norwegian border.

Armed robbers hit two banks in western Sweden

The robbers opened fire with automatic weapons both inside and outside the bank branches.

Authorities received a call at 9:05am Monday morning after the thieves had entered a Nordea bank branch.

Shortly thereafter the sound of gunfire was heard coming from the bank.

One witness told the TT news agency that she had seen five robbers, and that three of them left the Nordea branch and drove a car back toward the offices of the Westra Wermlands Sparbank.

“They broke into both banks,” said the witness.

The witness also saw how the bandits pushed people out of the way on the street, pointed their weapons toward onlookers, and then fired their guns up in the air. She also heard explosions caused by the robbers’ blasting inside the bank.

“No one was physically injured,” said police spokesperson Patrick Danielsson to the TT news agency.

It remains unclear whether or not the robbers made away with any loot and if so how much they may have taken.

After the robberies, the gang disappeared in a black BMW driving east toward Gräsmark, where the vehicle was also seen.

There are also reports that the car has made way to Norway.

“Both the customs office at the border and the Norwegian police have been notified and are on the lookout for the robbers,” said Danielson.

The theft is one of a number directed toward banks and cash transport services near Sweden’s border with Norway.

The region is thought to attract criminals in part due to the high volume of cross-border trade, and in part because it is often a long distance to a large police station.


Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.