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Two women stabbed in Stockholm suburb

TT/The Local/kh · 29 Jul 2011, 08:05

Published: 29 Jul 2011 08:05 GMT+02:00

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According to police the suspect neither denies nor acknowledges the attack.

Two 20-year-old women were injured, one seriously, after being attacked by knife-wielding stranger.

The attack took place in a square in Hässelby in northern Stockholm. The man, with knife in hand, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

”He does not acknowledge or deny the crimes,” Mats Sundberg, a Västerort police station commander, told the TT news agency.

One of the two friends was seriously injured after being stabbed in the abdomen and underwent immediate surgery Thursday.

”The plaintiff will survive, it looks good for her. The operation has gone well,” Västerort deputy police Anders Djurestad told the TT.

The other woman, who suffered knife injuries in her back, was in stable condition and able to talk to police.

The emergency call for the stabbing at Ormängstorget came in at 7.30pm Thursday.

A suspected 28-year-old man, not known for previous criminal activities, was arrested five minutes later.

When authorities arrived at the square, he was found sitting with a knife in his hand. The weapon was confiscated at the arrest.

The motive remains unclear.

”There seems to have been no previous contact between the women and man. It looks like a case of unprovoked violence,” Diana Sundin, a spokesperson for the Stockholm Police, told the TT.

After speaking with several witnesses in the area, police lifted the cordon around the square at 9pm.

This attack comes on the heels of another seemingly unprovoked stabbing in northern Stockholm.

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Just over two weeks ago, on July 11, an 18-year-old man was found stabbed to death on a football field in the same area.

A 29-year-old man is currently being held on suspicion of manslaughter and police claim there are no details of wrangling or quarrels between the offender and the 18-year-old victim and his friends before the attack.

According to police spokesperson Sundin, there is no link between the two events.

”The person who committed the (fatal) crime is being held and there is no link to this suspected offender. They are two separate events that are not connected to each other as far as we can see,” said Sundin.

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12:48 July 29, 2011 by Åskar
Why do media, this applies to Swedish language media as well, always position Hässelby, Vällingby and other suburbs NORTH of Stockholm? Admittedly they lie North of central Stockholm, but most people would refer to them as Western suburbs.
14:05 July 29, 2011 by Streja
Indeed. Quite right! Some even said that Vällingby was outside Stockholm when a girl drowned in Mälaren. I mean Vällingby and Hässelby are part of Stockholm Stad.
15:53 July 29, 2011 by el dorado
Regarding violence against women in general, kvinnofridslinjen.se has a twenty-four hour, toll-free helpline run by social workers and nurses. Anonymity is guaranteed, and the call will not show up on phone records. The primary language is Swedish, but interpreters are used if/when needed.

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23:29 July 29, 2011 by wxman
I'm sure they were dressed inappropriately.
01:30 July 30, 2011 by PaulTheOctopus
police have more serious things to do than investigating a stabbing. something like looking for imprisoned hedgehogs at swedes homes
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