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Woman stabbed at Stockholm youth hostel

2 Jul 2012, 18:45

Published: 02 Jul 2012 15:29 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 Jul 2012 18:45 GMT+02:00

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"It was a scream from hell," Erik Johansson, who was also staying at the youth hostel, located near Fridhemsplan on the central Stockholm island of Kungsholmen, told The Local.

Johansson said he heard the frightening scream of a woman's voice around 2.30am early Monday morning.

"It sounded young," he said.

"But I thought it was just a youngster messing about."

In reality, however, the screams were that of woman staying at the hostel who was being stabbed repeatedly, prompting another guest to intervene and break up the attack.

"A woman in the room next to me screamed, 'don't kill me'," the good samaritan told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Police received a call about the stabbing around 2.20am. Following the attack, the victim was taken to hospital with more than 20 stab wounds.

"All I can say is confirm that it happened here," a receptionist at the STF Fridhemsplan hostel told The Local on Monday afternoon.

According to police, the woman may not have survived the attack had the other hostel guest who overheard the commotion not decided to intervene.

"The neighbour in the room next door heard the scream, forced open the door, and saved her life," police spokesperson Lars Marklund told the TT news agency.

Despite receiving multiple stab wounds, the woman is in stable condition and is expected to survive.

Police arrived on the scene shortly after the attack and were able to arrest the man who carried out the attack on suspicion of attempted murder.

Throughout the day on Monday, they continued to gather witness statements from guests and staff at the hostel in order to get a better picture of what may have prompted the attack.

According to witnesses, the attacker and the victim were at the hostel together, but it remains unclear what their relationship or the motive behind the attack may have been.

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The man who intervened to save the woman, himself a tourist from South Africa, was also forced to fight off the attacker.

However, he refused to take undue credit for his actions.

"She thanked me so many times. But someone had to save her...I don't see myself as a hero," he told the Expressen newspaper.

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Your comments about this article

21:22 July 2, 2012 by texeg
Bet she's glad the folks next door weren't a bunch of Swedes. They would have organized a committee to decide whether involvement was justified, how they might be infringing on the rights of the attacker, and what impact their involvement would have on a broader Swedish society. Then realizing they would be forced into unwanted conversation and eye contact, they would have just gone out for coffee and rolls to avoid the ruckus next door.
22:13 July 2, 2012 by mafketis
So.... Swedes are cowards. What else is new?

No wonder they're losing their own country because they're afraid to stand up for ..... anything.
22:21 July 2, 2012 by muscle
you guys really pathetic. its amazing how you people twist the story in a way that its just filled with hatred, for both sides!

I am happy the woman survived, i HOPE some strict punishment is due!
22:32 July 2, 2012 by texeg

Just a little satire. I espoused no hatred toward anyone, plus you have to admit what I said sounds pretty accurate, huh. Just look at "The Local's" recent articles on Swedish behavior during WWII. Did you dress down the editor as pathetic and hateful for posting those articles?
23:28 July 2, 2012 by jimmyjames
I know the Swedes are not cowards, however I must confess I am constantly mystified by their behaviour. Swedes were /are VIKINGS. For several centuries they were THE MOST FEARED WARRIORS in the European-Asian area. They were incredable explorers, sailing into and charting unknown seas and unknown worlds. They were also, for several centuries...a thousand years, the dominate business-men and traders of the known world.

What happened to them ?? I wonder all the time, reading history, searching....where is the proverbial smoking gun that is responsible for their demiss. It just doesn't make sense. However, I take comfort in the fact that those genes are still there albiet dorment. I would give anything to see, once again the rise of a Swedish , NORDIC, EMPIRE wherein those warrior genes, those explorer genes, and those business genes are re-awakened with a vengence. I would much rather live on a planet dominated by the proverbial tall,blond, blue-eyed Nordics than by the Chinese. Unless some tribe, with its origins in Northwestern Europe, the planet will, without doubt, come to be dominated by the Chinese and the Muslims.
23:57 July 2, 2012 by esvahnt
@jimmyjames i think it can be added to that vikings are responsable for many places in the world to have white blond people in fact the nordics (norge )

did expand their race through say spain (visighots) italyostgohts france( b(burgunds) yhey even went to some parts of middle east , also turkey and surrounding countries and so on so their genetic legacy is inmense in europe and further

@mafketis unfortunately you are right

and it seems that nobody is coming to rescue us

we are loosing and perhaps have allready lost the authentic sweden

this is like when allies arrived in normady in 1944 after they landed it was all done

it is just a matter of time

may be we will have to emigrate to some virgin place like greenland or somethig like that

but im shure these guys would run after us

i think at this moment they depend so much on us they couldnt make it whithout us

we are being taken over in a bizarre way
01:48 July 3, 2012 by Darwinder
The thing is, all the Vikings during that era with any balls and full of any ummphh left Scandinavia and settled in what is now the UK. All the best genetics left Scandinavia 800 to 1000 years ago and all that is left is the cowards, weaklings and sickly.
08:12 July 3, 2012 by nolikegohome
maybe is a good think to have a South African as neighbour in times of danger.
08:51 July 3, 2012 by Migga
Such sad people who comment on this story. Except for muscle and nolikegohome. A woman has been attacked but people on here somehow got the idea that a bunch of Swedes stood cowerdly by and watched it happen. Where does the article meantion that? There isn`t even grounds to the bashing against Swedes in the story, not that it stops you from doing it.

And then you all go into talking about Vikings and genes. Wow. Sad.

I hope the woman is ok and the tourist from South Africa is a hero.
09:45 July 3, 2012 by VicTaulic
Instead of welcoming pathetic losers from third world countries, Sweden should start a "Welcome back, successful Viking!" program, offering incentives for those strong and wonderful Swedes who now suffer in America under Obama to come back to their homeland.
10:04 July 3, 2012 by fansnakkaru
#5 jimmyjames:

i think feminism and pussyfication happened to them.

here, to get a woman, you must say what she wants to hear, and act like she thinks you should. that is, emtpy talk and coward or predictable actions...
10:14 July 3, 2012 by Åskar

It is, as I commented to muscle in another thread, like this: There are a number of ignorant fools around who just to like to spew out idiotic comments when they can't be identified.
10:21 July 3, 2012 by fansnakkaru
@Åskar #12

hey, dude, if u promise that i will have no problems with my emloyers, then i will tell you who i am...

but in the land of freedom, i must love the womenhumiliating genitalcutting arabs, i must adore the so called PsychicSick (TM), and generally agree with all who see weaknss as a feature...

trololololol ftw
14:40 July 3, 2012 by Åskar
I told you so.
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