Teenage suspect held after stabbing at southern Swedish school

A man who was stabbed by a pupil at a school in Eslöv, southern Sweden, on Thursday is reported to be awake and in stable condition.

Teenage suspect held after stabbing at southern Swedish school
Police and council representatives at a press conference after the attack in Eslöv. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

A teenager reportedly wielding a knife was arrested on Thursday after entering a school in southern Sweden and attacking an employee who was taken to hospital, police said.

Witnesses said the assailant walked through school wielding a large knife and wearing a helmet, a mask and what appeared to be a bullet proof vest, according to reports in local media.

Police arrived at the scene in the southern town of Eslöv after receiving an emergency call at 8.40am as the school day was getting under way.

“Police were able to overpower the suspect (…) it was quite chaotic at the scene,” police spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford told reporters.

They did not say whether the assailant, who is 15, was carrying a knife, confirming only that he had a weapon.

Swedish media reported that the boy was a student at the school.

He was arrested on suspicion of “attempted murder”, police said.

The 45-year-old school employee who was injured in the attack was taken to hospital for surgery.

Details of his injuries were not disclosed, but public broadcaster SVT reported on Friday that the man was awake and in stable condition.

Media reports said students were locked in their classrooms for more than 90 minutes during the incident, which took place on the second day of the school term.

Some students reportedly jumped out of classroom windows during the attack, witnesses told local media.

“There was a guy with a long knife who came into the school. He was wearing a mask with a skeleton on it, a helmet and what looked like a bulletproof vest. It was really scary,” one student told the regional Skånska Dagbladet newspaper.

Eslöv municipality said no students had been injured, and that pupils were later evacuated from the school to an adjacent sports hall.

“This is horrible. School should be a safe place for students, teachers and everyone who is there,” Eslöv mayor Johan Andersson said in a statement.

School attacks are rare in Sweden.

In October 2015, three people were killed in a racially-motivated attack at a school in the western town of Trollhättan by a far-right assailant later killed by police.

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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.