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Police search for murdered 19-year-old

Police are looking for the body of a 19-year-old man who disappeared from a party in Norra Lundby in western Sweden last weekend.

Police are conducting their search for the body of the man, named by police on Friday as Mikael Andersson, in a large area in the vicinity of Axvall and Norra Lundby outside of Skara. Police believe that they have found the place where he was murdered but on Saturday morning had not yet found his body.

Västra Götaland police announced in a press release on Friday that they believe that Mikael Andersson has been murdered. A search of the 19-year-old’s battered car was sufficient for police to draw their conclusion.

“We have uncovered enough in the investigation to render us certain that he has been killed, but we have not yet found a body,” said Thord Haraldsson for Västra Götalands police to news agency TT.

Police also reported that four people have been arrested in connection with Andersson’s disappearance. Further arrests could be made in the case, the police said on Saturday morning.

The prosecutor has apprehended one man on suspicion of murder and two further men suspected of complicity to murder. A woman has been arrested on suspicion of harbouring a criminal.

Police have urged the public to get in touch with any information that could assist their investigation. They are particularly keen on information about a white Volvo 740, Mikael Andersson’s car, that was in the area around Norra Lundby and Axvall between May 17th-19th.

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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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