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Swedish police hunt ‘Halloween mask’ killer

The shooter who killed one man and injured two others at a cafe in Malmö in southern Sweden on Monday wore a mask similar to those worn by robbers in the 2010 Hollywood film "The Town", according to police, who said Tuesday they have yet to make any arrests in the case.

Swedish police hunt 'Halloween mask' killer

Several witnesses have told police that the perpetrator wore a rubber mask with the face of an elderly man similar to masks featured in “The Town”, said investigative leader J-B Cederholm of the Malmö police.

“We’ve chosen to go public with the photo [from the film] because it corresponds to what witnesses describe,” he told the local Sydsvenskan daily.

“Whether it’s exactly alike or not, I can’t say.”

Some fifteen people were in the café when the shots were fired on Monday evening, and police have interviewed several of these witnesses during the night.

“I was sitting at the table next to the victim. A guy came in with a Halloween mask and a pistol in each hand. He didn’t say a word, he just fired, and fired, and fired. A bullet or two hit the floor, and others hit his friends’ legs and hands,” said a witness to newspaper Aftonbladet.

The 27-year-old victim, who died from his injuries, was sitting at a table playing cards when the masked man entered the café shortly before 8pm on Monday.

Police believe he was the sole target.

“The perpetrator intended to execute this man,” said J-B Cederholm to news agency TT.

Two other men were injured in the shooting. One was shot in the leg and the other in the hand.

They weren’t in the murdered victim’s immediate proximity during the shooting, and told the police that they didn’t believe they were targets.

Most likely, the two were hit in the chaos that erupted when the masked man began firing.

There are contradictory reports as to whether the gunman had one or two weapons, but it has been ascertained that many shots were fired.

The murder likely has no connection to last week’s shooting at a café in central Malmö, according to Cederholm.

“We see no connection today between the different murders that have occurred in Malmö this year.”

According to Sydsvenskan, both of the other men injured in the attack have ties to criminal gangs in Malmö.

Sunday’s killing represents the seventh case of deadly violence in the city with ties to Malmö’s criminal gangs, according to the paper.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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