Three stabbings within hours in Malmö

Three stabbings within hours in Malmö
A Swedish police car. File photo: Mikel Fritzon/TT
Three men were stabbed within hours of each other in separate incidents in the southern Swedish city of Malmö overnight. It’s just the latest spate of violence to hit the city this summer.

On Tuesday night a man in his 20s was stabbed in the chest area and in the back by one or more people on Hyllievångsvägen.

After the stabbing, the man attempted to run to the hospital. He managed to go a few kilometres before being picked up by someone in a private vehicle.

Just a few hours later, at 12:20am, another man, also in his 20s, was stabbed in the back and arm near Augustenborgstorg.

He was taken in an ambulance to hospital where he underwent surgery during the night.

“But the prognosis is good,” Matts Attin from Malmö police told TT.

Less than an hour later a third man in his 20s was stabbed in the arm in connection with a robbery on Köpenhamnsvägen.

“He was threatened with a knife and forced to withdraw 10,000 kronor from an ATM,” Attin said. “After the leaving the money he was stabbed.”

Police have not received any indications that there is any connection between the incidents. No one has been arrested for the knife attacks.

Police said that two of the stabbings have been classified as attempted murder.

Malmö, which is Sweden’s third largest city, has been rocked by a series of violent incidents in recent weeks, including numerous shootings and explosions.

Earlier in July four grenade attacks were reported in under a week.  

Police said they believed the attacks were linked to a case which saw three young men sentenced for their roles in a bombing in the Rosengård area – which has a reputation for violence and gang related crimes – on Christmas Eve.

“This is about a few people who are having a dispute with one another and are in a spiral of retaliation,” Malmö police chief Stefan Sintéus said after the fourth attack.

Later that month, concerns were raised that police staff shortages in the city were putting the public at risk, as around a third of the 705-strong Malmö force were on holiday.