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Uppsala police investigate weekend rape reports

One suspected rape and two suspected rape attempts have occurred in Uppsala since Friday night and police are pursuing several offenders, officials said on Saturday.

Uppsala police investigate weekend rape reports
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Early on Saturday morning, police were alerted to a suspected rape in Valsätra in Uppsala. A 27-year-old woman was allegedly attacked at an outdoor location. 
 
“She then came into town and reported the case,” police spokesman Tommy Karlsson said. 
 
The woman was taken to hospital and police are now searching for two suspects. 
 
Just a few hours earlier, at around 3am, a 23-year-old woman was attacked in central Uppsala. A stranger tried to tear off her clothes, but the victim was able to run to safety. 
 
“She was very shocked, but is physically unscathed,” police spokesman Andrew Tomkinson said. 
 
No one has been arrested in that assault, which police said will be treated as an attempted rape. 
 
Tomkinson said that another separate and similar attack was also reported on Friday night. He said it could not be ruled out that the same offender or offenders might be involved in the separate incidents. 
 
Local officials said that there would be an increased police presence in reaction to the rape attempts.  

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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