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Manhunt for intruder at Mona Sahlin's home

TT/AFP/The Local · 10 Feb 2011, 21:05

Published: 10 Feb 2011 12:34 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Feb 2011 21:05 GMT+01:00

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Police were called to Sahlin's home in the Stockholm suburb of Nacka at 10.53am on Thursday morning. Roughly half a dozen squad cars responded to the call.

"Someone rattled the door. A person was seen fleeing the scene. She (Sahlin) is among those who have a personal security detail, which resulted in the large response," police spokesperson Sven-Erik Olsson told the TT news agency.

In addition to the officers at Sahlin's home, dogs and a police helicopter have also joined the search for the suspect.

"We have no other description other than that a person wearing dark clothes was seen leaving the area," said Olsson.

Sahlin's spokesperson, Camila Peirone Buzaglo, refused to comment on the matter.

"We never comment on security matters. And we're not going to do so now, but (Swedish security service ) Säpo has everything under control," she said.

Peirone Buzaglo also refused to comment on whether or not Sahlin was home at the time of the incident.

According to the Expressen newspaper, Sahlin was at home with her son and called the police herself.

"Yeah, as far as I know that seems to be the case," duty officer Christer Angeria of the Nacka police told the newspaper.

Despite the massive manhunt, no arrests were made.

"We have no suspect," Stockholm police spokesman Ulf Goeranzon told AFP, adding that the operation launched near Sahlin's home in Nacka, a Stockholm suburb, had been called off.

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Sahlin, 53, who was reportedly at home during the intrusion, later told reporters outside parliament she was fine.

"I'm good. The family is fine, I will move on and work as usual," she told a reporter from the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

"This had been my every day (situation) for many, many years and I think everyone can understand why I won't comment anything to do with security matters," she added.

Sahlin, who heads the Social Democrat party, has said she will step down at her party's congress next month.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:38 February 10, 2011 by UScitizen
I wonder if half a dozen squad cars, dogs and a police helicopter would respond if someone rattled my door?

Doubt it! Maybe one squad car four hours later.....
13:41 February 10, 2011 by calebian22
Does Trowbridge have an alibi?
13:54 February 10, 2011 by Streja
UScitizen, have you forgotten that her former colleague Anna was murdered by a crazy person at NK?

I'm pretty sure that you are not a well-known politician in a party that has had two murders since 1986.
14:01 February 10, 2011 by UScitizen
No, I'm not. I guess you're saying that the average citizen doesn't matter. I know politicians need extra protection, but we're all human and we all have rights.

Read some of the news stories about how the police here (and in the US also) seem to not care very much. Let something happen to your father, mother, brother, sister, or anyone else you care about and see how you feel then.
14:09 February 10, 2011 by Streja
Oh come off it! I never said the police should not care about us!

But if a person has been threatened to be killed I think it's only fair that they get help, and Mona has....
14:15 February 10, 2011 by Syftfel
Massive [police] response? Massive? A dozen squad cars? Dogs? Helicopters? Säpo? Yes, this woman is a known social dem ex-party hack, a true working class hero(?), but this is yet another example of the socialist mantra where "some are more equal than others". Does anyone know if her son is, or has ever been, a member of the red-scarfed Unga Örnar? Was the whole thing staged, because she has a need to see her name in the press?
14:23 February 10, 2011 by Thierry10
Does Brigitte Bardot also intend to protest against traditional "man hunt" in Sweden ?!!!

(See "Brigitte Bardot slams Swedish wolf hunt", http://www.thelocal.se/31940/20110209/)
14:30 February 10, 2011 by Boyfriend

The old Prime M Palm was murdered and he was out spoken man specially againt USA..Sweden must learn to protect their leaders from terrorists or other racist parties.

I wonder how many dogs are still around the W Bush house.

If i were the SÄPÖ Boss, i would order 100 extra bodyguards to her to protect her from bad guys, and I would not care what others would say. USA is taking advantage of protecting his people and breaking 1000 of laws.
14:37 February 10, 2011 by procrustes
Police all over the world have to prioritize how they allocate resources. The probability for major crime in this scenario is minuscule for the average citizen. In the case of Mrs. Sahlin, the probability merits their response.

And @UsCitizen, if the police responded in similar force for this scenario for average citizens, the tax bill would be huge which no doubt would have you howling with self-righteous rage. Get a grip! Our onerous foreign policy behavior gives us a bad enough name without you showing yet another American ass to the world.
15:05 February 10, 2011 by Jack Mehoff
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
15:06 February 10, 2011 by Swedesmith
It was just Trow, looking for a little nookie.
15:15 February 10, 2011 by UScitizen

Are you trying to say that Palm was murdered because he spoke out against the USA? How stupid is that remark? And who is "his people" and who is breaking 1000 of laws? Get a brain why don'tcha!


I'm not saying the same response is warranted in every case, I'm saying it wasn't warranted in this case. She has a personal security detail, and that's what "resulted in the large response".

Now what does that mean? Were the responders her "personal security detail"? If so, something could easily happen to her with the security detail having to be called.

If her "personal security detail" was there, why the "massive response"? Is her personal security detail incompetent? If they can't handle things when a door is rattled, they're useless. Think about what you're getting for your tax dollars there.

So I'll keep showing my American a** to the world and you'll keep showing that you ARE one. It's people like you who give your country a bad name and make it a laughingstock for the rest of tus. Keep it up!!
15:23 February 10, 2011 by byke
I find the word "manhunt" sexist, as there is no evidence to show it was a man.

I would hope that Mona is reported to DO for gender hate accusations and wasting public resources. Also in the article, the local refer to Mona as "SHE" which I know many people, myself included would question until a full investigation is carried out.
15:32 February 10, 2011 by Nemesis
Lets see.

Someone knocked the door hard, ran away and then Sahlin called the police.

More police responded than have investigated rapes in Sweden.

That shows where the priorities of the Swedish police.

Let me make this clear.

No one is going to assasinate Mona Sahlin, unless they are a Social Democrat who believes they lost their seat because of her. She is an irrelevant idiot that no one cares about.
15:37 February 10, 2011 by byke
Based on the latest swedish news, evidence is pointing to what swedish police believe sound like a foreign named person who also posted Mona a personal note through her door ... Swedish Police are now following up what they believe to be the assailants phone number which was posted through the door as part of a message aimed directly at Mona :::: see image HERE
15:39 February 10, 2011 by procrustes

:D My country is more than capable of making itself a laughingstock with no help from little ol' insignificant me. Let's see, how about this: our military budget is bigger than the world combined, yet a country with no military, much less a military budget, using totally irregular troops are kicking our backside. What's laughable is that we're too stupid to get out.
15:43 February 10, 2011 by UScitizen

Thanks for having a sense of humor. I respect a person for that.
16:16 February 10, 2011 by Tanskalainen
The article fails to mention that Mona bit the intruders leg as he was trying to flee. Now he has to get shots.
18:17 February 10, 2011 by loudasthunder
She's like an irritating bug that won't go away.
18:52 February 10, 2011 by GLO
Hey! You dont screw with security....No one knows what a nutcase will do, thats why we call them nutcases...
19:52 February 10, 2011 by procrustes
Another point--an attack on Mona Sahlin, whether you love her or hate her, is more than an attack on you or me; it's an attack on Sweden. The symbolism and repercussions effect everyone. We may not like that reality, but it is the reality.

The response to her defense was right, proper and just.
21:43 February 10, 2011 by DAVID T
My wife was attacked in our garden a few years ago - it took the police 5 hours to show up - I knw who did it and where the person lived - they arressted them 3 weeks later - service or what
22:32 February 10, 2011 by buschmann
Who cares about mona, we all know she is a fitta.
11:45 February 11, 2011 by McChatter
The police are looking for someone wearing dark clothes.

That must make around 9 million suspects!
17:39 February 12, 2011 by BobWas
If she is under such threats that she has a personal security detail, why aren't there security cameras at her home?

Or perhaps her security system wasn't actually plugged in, like the scenario in a certain best-selling book!
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