Two women have been killed in an act of violence at a secondary school in Malmo, Sweden. The two worked at the school and died as a result of the violence inflicted on them, the responsible police said on Monday night. Therefore, they were between 50 and 60 years old. An 18-year-old student was arrested on suspicion of murder. The background of the crime was not clear until late at night.
Police initially reported late in the afternoon that they were dealing with a suspected felony. However, it was not clear what exactly happened at the school in the city center.
Two people, apparently the two women, were taken to hospital after the incident, while a third person was arrested. Police believe he was a lone gunman. According to information from the Aftonbladet newspaper, he would be armed with an ax and a knife.
According to broadcaster SVT, the students were in the building late at night to prepare for a musical. The high school principal, who was in Gothenburg some 250 kilometers further north at the time, told Aftonbladet that he only knew “deadly violence” was taking place at the school. Police later reported that the situation was under control. She spoke of about 50 people who were on the school grounds at the time of the crime.
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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)