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Three injured in knife fight on Stockholm train

Three people were injured in a brawl involving a knife which started on a Stockholm commuter train and ended on a railway platform on Wednesday night.

Three injured in knife fight on Stockholm train
The brawl took place on a train heading towards Solna station. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Two of the people received serious but not life-threatening cut injuries and were taken to hospital via ambulance, while the third was taken to hospital by the police.

“One is injured on the throat and has an injury on the back. I’m not sure where the injuries are on the person with the more moderate injuries,” Mikael Pettersson from Stockholm police told news agency TT.

Police were called to Solna station, a busy commuter train hub for the Swedish capital, at around 11pm on Wednesday night. They are working on the basis that the altercation began on a train.

“The whole thing likely started there before finishing on the platform. We have found a few things on the train,” Petterson explained.

The weapon used in the fight is described by police as a “knife or knife-like object”.

The people involved were aged between 15 and 20, with several fleeing the scene when officers arrived. Seven people were detained for further investigation, of which two were arrested as suspects and the rest questioned.

A preliminary investigation of attempted murder has begun.

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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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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. 

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