Two women stabbed in Stockholm suburb

Police have detained a 28-year-old man on suspicion of having stabbed two 20-year-old women Thursday night in the north Stockholm suburb of Hässelby.

Two women stabbed in Stockholm suburb

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.

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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Swedish police shoot ‘knife man’ in Malmö

A man was shot by police in Malmö city centre on Sunday night after he charged them wielding a knife, according to a witness.

Swedish police shoot 'knife man' in Malmö
Police cordoned off parts of Gustav Adolf Square, where the incident occurred. Photo: TT

Calle Persson of Skåne police said: “There has been a situation in which police had to shoot an attacker armed with a knife.”

“There were several shots, but I do not know if there is one or multiple squads who fired the shots.”

However, another witness contradicted the original witness and told the Sydsvenskan regional newspaper that the man had run away from the police before being shot.

“The police shouted, ‘Drop the knife, drop the knife.’ He did not listen, but tried to run away, and then they shot at him.”

The man was taken to Skåne University Hospital in Malmö, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit. 

His condition is critical.

The police did not comment on the witness information.

“There is nothing I can say because the incident is being investigated by prosecutors,” said Jimmy Modin, information officer at Skåne police.

Police said that the man is suspected of attempted murder.

Officers cordoned off parts of Gustav Adolf Square, where the incident occurred.

This is the second such incident in the last ten days.

A knife-wielding man was shot by police officers in Stockholm’s Sergel Square last weekend after he attacked officers.