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Man held over university massacre threat

TT/The Local · 16 Mar 2010, 08:44

Published: 15 Mar 2010 07:40 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Mar 2010 08:44 GMT+01:00

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The man has admitted the offence, according to KTH's head of security, Lena Edvardsson.

The 33-year-old had threatened to shoot students attending the university.

"We are going to have police officers in attendance at the institute to inform people about the situation," Edvardsson told news agency TT.

The security chief confirmed that the university will remain open as normal.

In making the threats on an internet forum, the anonymous person stated that they would take a gun to the institute on Monday and shoot as many people as possible.

Both KTH and the police took the threat seriously and worked intensively to find the source of the threat and avert it.

Ulf Göranzon at Stockholm police confirmed that the man has admitted to putting the threat on the internet.

"At 12.30pm we traced the suspect. We followed the electronic trail he left on the internet," Göranzon said.

A warrant was soon after issued for the man's arrest and he was detained during the night in Gothenburg. The man was interviewed first at around 4am. According to media reports he is a student at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.

The police hope to gain more detailed information over the incident from subsequent interviews.

"The first interview has consisted of a lot of formalities. We have informed him of the suspicions. More thorough interviews will take place when a defence counsel has been appointed," Göranzon told news agency TT.

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The man, who is suspected of unlawful threats, remains in Gothenburg but Göranzon presumes that he will be transferred to Stockholm.

Fifty police officers have been deployed at KTH on Monday and Göranzon confirmed that some will remain despite the arrest of the suspect.

"We will have a police presence at KTH, but we will adapt the force according to needs," he said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:03 March 15, 2010 by whickywhack
was that KTH or SU ? I found the news on KTH website but didnt see anything on Stockholm university website.
09:13 March 15, 2010 by marionettes.show
It's KTH. This title is misleading.
09:55 March 15, 2010 by David S
The editor's actually got it correct this time. Stockholm University (first letters capitalized) is the name of an institution. Stockholm university (lowercase u) is a university located in Stockholm, which includes KTH.
10:01 March 15, 2010 by skatsouf

KTH and SU are different institutes
10:43 March 15, 2010 by delusion1982
although @david s is correct! still the title is misleading for anyone living inside Sweden!
10:44 March 15, 2010 by scrawler
ha ...!! its Kth..! and the pic in the article is kth not SU..!

10:44 March 15, 2010 by bambam
@David S.

since you're nitpicking, it would be 'editors'. no apostrophe.
10:53 March 15, 2010 by astrogenic
"although @david s is correct! still the title is misleading for anyone living inside Sweden!"

Or, for anyone who's living in Africa or in Latin America or in the Far East or in the Near East!! :-)))
11:05 March 15, 2010 by Balticcrosser
Erm, any literate reader will understand that a reference to 'Stockholm university' is emphatically not the same as a reference to 'Stockholm University'.
11:08 March 15, 2010 by sherkovic
sounds like a lot of stress for police...
11:50 March 15, 2010 by Audrian
Is it easy to buy guns in Sweden? I hope guns are not as accessible as in the US?
12:10 March 15, 2010 by mrp
They changed the headline? KTH is not a college; it's a university.
12:41 March 15, 2010 by Michael84
My exam got cancelled because of him.
12:42 March 15, 2010 by Åskar
Audrian, if we disregard the black market you have to be member of a target shooting club or a hunting team or whatever plus have a gun license, which you can obtain by showing that you can handle a weapon and being familiar with gun legislation, to be allowed to buy one (to simplify it a bit).
13:02 March 15, 2010 by Nemesis
The guy is an idiot.

I hope the authorities charge him with everything they can think of for dirupting an entire institute.
13:27 March 15, 2010 by Puffin
Interesting that the guy who was arrested ...... was in Gothenburg
13:48 March 15, 2010 by ali_bin_umar
Anxiously waiting for next episode.. quite thrilling this time.
13:51 March 15, 2010 by Åskar
mrp, in theory you have to offer a broad range of courses and subjects to be called a university and by this definition KTH and Karolinska Institutet are better called university colleges. However, the term has deteriorated or been broadened (take your pick) with time.
14:19 March 15, 2010 by StockholmSam

Actually, I would disagree with you. My interpretation of a university college is an institution that is a dependent subsidiary of a larger university system, often offering non-traditional programs. Since KTH is independent school, I would call it a university. But then there is the whole "högskola" versus "universitetet" terminology. Is en högskola a college and ett universitet a university? Since KTH offers PhDs, then it seems to qualify as a full-blown university to me.

In the end, though, who really cares and why are we discussing it in this thread?
14:56 March 15, 2010 by peropaco
I wonder what is the prison time for a massacre threat? two weeks?
16:17 March 15, 2010 by Åskar

The usual translation of "högskola" is university college to imply that it is not a fully fledged university, offering studies and degrees in a large number of areas. Granting PhDs has nothing to do with it.

But, as you write, discussing the subtle differences here is really splitting hares (not in the academic World, though).
17:21 March 15, 2010 by rba
> Interesting that the guy who was arrested ...... was in Gothenburg

Maybe his train was late.
18:31 March 15, 2010 by SWOT
Maybe the guy just want to threaten the exam.
19:17 March 15, 2010 by anony1
I don't get, is KTH's being a university or university college, topic of this news or the massacre threat?!

I really wonder, was it a joke, or he was really going to do that?!!
10:09 March 16, 2010 by planethero
"splitting hares"

11:59 March 16, 2010 by Åskar
Or rabbits.
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