Swedish soldier reports attack by unknown assailants during exercise

A Swedish soldier has filed a report to the police claiming he was attacked by two unknown figures during an exercise at a firing range in the west of the country.

Swedish soldier reports attack by unknown assailants during exercise
File photo of a Swedish soldier not related to the story. Photo: Yvonne Åsell/SvD/TT

Tabloid Aftonbladet reports that the incident happened last Friday on a restricted military shooting range in Uddevalla, 85 kilometres north of Gothenburg.

The soldier said he was scratched on the right shoulder as well as the left of his abdomen with a weapon described as “sharp and shiny”.

“We had an exercise in a restricted area where there shouldn’t be anyone present without clearance. One of our soldiers felt unwell and went to a cabin. There he was met by what is thought to be two people who didn’t have authorization and were not part of the exercise,” John Lidman, the Swedish Armed Forces communications officer responsible for the area told The Local.

“A situation arose where the soldier was scratched and received minor injuries. We don’t have much to say beyond that,” he added.

The incident was reported to police on Monday, but investigators said there was little progress made so far.

“The investigation is at a standstill, we have no leads to pursue and nor do we have descriptions of the two people who are said to have attacked the soldier,” Anders Ragnesten who is in charge of the preliminary investigation at Uddevalla police told SVT.


Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.