Knife attack kills one victim in Sweden and the suspect is believed to have links to the neo-Nazi group NMR
Police declined to comment on the motive, although Persson admitted that a political motive could not be ruled out at this early stage of the investigation.
Police also said they did not believe the events were related to almedalen week, an annual event that brings together Sweden’s elite and where political parties often present their new policies and launch their campaigns.
The newspaper “Expressen” reported that the suspect is believed to have links to the neo-Nazi group NMR, which the police would not confirm.
On Wednesday, a man was apprehended after a stabbing attack that killed one person on the Swedish island of Gotland.
Swedish police said Wednesday that a woman in her sixties was killed in a knife attack in broad daylight on the island of Gotland, where the country’s top politicians are gathered for an annual event.
“Unfortunately, I can tell you that a woman has succumbed to her injuries,” Gotland Police Chief Fredrik Persson told a news conference where it was clarified that the assault occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in Visby, the island’s only town.
He announced that a 33-year-old man had been arrested shortly after the incident and that he was suspected of murder.
“A thorough investigation is ongoing. This includes establishing the motive and background of the arrested person,” the police chief continued.
He added that investigators were looking into a series of questions “since it happened in a very public place, where there were a lot of people in the center of Visby in the middle of the day.”