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Man held over Stockholm student stabbing

A hooded man attacked and seriously injured a student with a knife at a high school in Vallentuna north of Stockholm on Wednesday morning. A man in his twenties was later arrested in connection with the incident.

Man held over Stockholm student stabbing

The victim is reportedly 17-years-old and a student at the high school. Eye witnesses to the incident say that he was lying on the ground, following the attack.

”I was on my way to school when I saw a guy in a dark coat and a mask by the entrance. He stabbed a guy several times in the back,” one witness told daily Aftonbladet.

“A few of us were standing around him. He was lying on his back and his friends tried speaking to him, but he wouldn’t answer and he was shaking,” another said.

The area was cordoned off by the officers and a police helicopter also circled the perimeter during the morning.

Police said that a forensic team begun their investigation of the site soon after the police had arrived on the scene.

According to daily Expressen, several of the school children tweeted that they were not allowed outside of the school for safety reasons and a nearby pre-school has also been advised to keep the children indoors.

”We aren’t allowing anyone out in the playground as a safety precaution,” said pre-school head Christer Westerlund to news agency TT.

The other students at the high school are said to be safe.

”Yes, absolutely. We have gathered the crisis team and we will be informing the students in a short while,” said Anki Wallerå of the school to TT during the early afternoon.

According to Sven-Erik Olsson at the county police, a preliminary investigation into attempted murder has been initiated and the perpetrator is believed to be a young man.

According to press spokesperson Anders Gillander, the attack seems to have been aimed directly at the targeted boy.

“It seems more as if they lay in waiting for a specific person to arrive than jumping the first person they saw,” he said to News agency TT.

During the afternoon two young men in their twenties were called in for questioning.

According to Aftonbladet, they were suspected to be involved in the incident, although police said that there were no clear indications that they were responsible for the deed.

One man was later arrested while the other was released. The arrested man is in his twenties and not a student at the school, according to Gillander.

Police found a balaclava in the nearby area, believed to have been used by the perpetrator.

”We haven’t found the weapon, but it is some sort of implement,” Olsson said to TT.

According to the paper, the knifing occurred on school grounds but not inside the school itself.

The injured boy was taken to hospital and his condition is believed to be serious.

According to Aftonbladet, he has suffered a puncture to one of his lungs.

Gillander later confirmed that the 17-year-old was stabbed in the back.

“He’s had surgery and has been anaesthetized until tomorrow,” said Gillander, who couldn’t confirm whether the boy’s injuries were life threatening or not.

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.

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