Eight people stabbed in terror attack after knifeman goes on rampage

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A suspected terrorist has stabbed eight people in Vetlanda, Sweden, police have said.

No deaths have been reported but police have shot a man in the leg who is now receiving treatment in hospital as officers guard his bed.

Calls to the emergency services from the area near Bangårdsgatan, started to be made regarding an attack at 2.54pm on Wednesday.

Police changed an earlier statement which described the incident as an attempted murder investigation to a terror-related attack, Metro.co.uk reports.

Ahead of a press conference expected on Wednesday evening, Minister of the Interior Mikael Damberg said: "Several people are seriously injured.

"These are terrible events and my thoughts go to the victims and their relatives. Right now it is unclear exactly what happened and what the motive was.

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"The police have arrested a suspected perpetrator and have initiated a special incident to handle the development of the incident and create security in Vetlanda."

As police cordon off sections of the road for their investigation, the local train station has also been closed and members of the public have been asked to respect the roadblocks in place across Vetlanda.

The extent of the injuries inflicted on eight victims as a result of the attack has not been clarified by police beyond Mr Damberg explaining "several people are seriously injured."

  • Knife Crime
  • Police
  • Terror

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