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Man blames ‘blackout’ for savage hostel stabbing

The man who stabbed a woman 20 times in a Stockholm youth hostel has blamed a blackout for the incident and has been held on remand on the suspicion of attempted murder.

Man blames 'blackout' for savage hostel stabbing

“He confessed to the abuse. He had some kind of a blackout,” said prosecutor Henrik Olsson Lilja to the Expressen newspaper.

The attacker, a 45-year-old tourist, had instigated the attack around 2.30am on Monday at the youth hostel, located near Fridhemsplan on the central Stockholm island of Kungsholmen.

The victim, a 38-year-old woman who is believed to have met the man previously, had been out with friends on watching a football match in northern Stockholm on Sunday night.

After arriving at the hostel in the early hours of Monday morning, the woman was attacked, with her screams of “don’t kill me” waking up other guests at the hostel, one of whom intervened and pulled the attacker from the woman.

The woman was taken to hospital in Solna with 20 knife stabs in her back, and police, who were quick on the scene, arrested the man immediately.

The man has now claimed that the attack was not planned, according to prosecutors.

“He confesses the crime. There are s few special circumstances so I can’t go into details, but he hasn’t at all intended to do the things the prosecutor has stated,” Olsson Lilja told the paper.

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Man stabs police officer in central Stockholm

A man attacked a police officer with a knife in the Stureplan nighlife area of central Stockholm early on Saturday morning, inflicting minor injuries.

Man stabs police officer in central Stockholm

The police officer was wearing a protective vest and escaped relatively unscathed from the attack.

“There has not been any prior contact between them, the attack must have been completely unprovoked, he came from behind and stabbed with the knife,” said Sven-Erik Olsson at Stockholm police.

The man then made a lunge with the knife towards another police officer and subsequently attempted to flee the scene, but police were able to arrest him.

The man is now suspected of attempted murder.

The suspect denies the charges although he admits having been at the scene of the incident. The man’s lawyer, Ekrem Güngör revealed that his client is not feeling very well.

A short interrogation was held with the suspect on Saturday.

Stureplan is a busy nightlife area in the plush Östermalm area of central Stockholm and is often the scene of disturbances, especially on weekend evenings. Police officers are routinely deployed to the area to observe and to maintain order.

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