Two women have been fatally injured in an attack at their school in the Swedish city of Malmo. The two worked at the secondary school and died as a result of the violence inflicted on them, the responsible police said on Monday night. An 18-year-old student was arrested on suspicion of murder.
What exactly happened at the school in the center of Sweden’s third-largest city was not made clear until late at night, as was the background of the crime.
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Police and rescue teams were called to the high school late Monday afternoon due to a suspected felony with multiple injuries. About 50 people were on the school grounds at the time of the crime. According to reports, some students had been rehearsing for a musical or play at school, among other things.
Two injured people – apparently the two women – went to the hospital after the act of violence. It was not clear from police information if they were teachers or other school employees. Therefore, they were between 50 and 60 years old.
In the evening, the police reported that the situation was under control and that one person had been arrested. Hours later, he announced the death of the two women. According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, they were attacked with an ax and a knife. Police believe the perpetrator acted alone.
Sweden has been dealing with rampant gang crime for a long time. In the course of this, there are repeated shots and deliberately set off explosions in the big and sometimes also in the smaller cities of the country.
Malmö has been aware of the problem of criminal gangs for longer than other parts of the country and has taken various measures and programs to counter it. Malmö’s Rosengård district in particular, the home of Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is considered a problem area. However, the school is located in a different part of Malmo, not far from the old town. So far there has been no indication of a connection between the incident and the criminal environment. (dpa)