Swedish high school bombing leaves two dead, 18-year-old student arrested

Police enter a secondary school in Malmö, Sweden, where two people were killed in an attack on March 21, 2022. (©TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP/Johan NILSSON)

Two women died in thrust attack committed on Monday, March 21, 2022, at a secondary school in the city of Malmö in Swedenfor which an 18-year-old student was arrested, the Swedish police said.

The two women, in their fifties, “were employees of the school” of Malmö Latin, a secondary school with nearly 1,000 students in the center of the country’s third-largest city, police said in a statement.

No criminal history

Were they specifically chosen or from the alleged killer intention cause more victims? “Today we cannot say whether he was connected to these employees,” Commissioner Petra Stenkoula said at a press conference.

A student educated at an institution “has no criminal record or criminal record. But we are going to describe his biography and personality in more detail,” she said.

Police officers intervene at Malmö Hispanic High School in Sweden, where two people were killed in an attack, on March 21, 2022.
Police officers intervene at Malmö Hispanic High School in Sweden, where two people were killed in an attack, on March 21, 2022. (©TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP/Johan NILSSON)

The authorities acknowledged that all possible motives were on the tableuntil the first hearing of the suspect, who was placed in custody at night.

Earlier in the evening, the initial estimate reported two wounded among the fifty people in the establishment at the time of the events. The two victims “were taken to the hospital, but their lives could not be saved,” the authorities explained.

Armed with a knife and an ax

According to local media reports, the alleged perpetrator of the murders called 911 himself around 17:12 local time (16:12 GMT), well after the end of class, to say where he was, that he had lowered his weapon. … and that he confessed to killing two people.

According to several Swedish media reports, he was armed with a knife and an ax. According to police, the arrest was made without difficulty shortly after the arrival of the first patrol.

After initial reports of screaming at the school, “we have additional information indicating that a serious violent crime is taking place at the school,” police spokesman Nils Norling told AFP.

Sweden. (©AFP/)

After a thorough inspection of the scene and questioning of witnesses, authorities are convinced that the suspect acted alone. Now mobile The double homicide is the focus of investigators.

According to investigators, searches are currently being carried out at the house of the suspect, who lives in the nearby town of Trelleborg. Swedish Prime Minister, Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson expressed her “chagrin” and “horror”.


“Busted” establishment

The high school, which is still closed on Tuesday, has set up a support cell for teachers and students. “Everyone is deeply shocked. shocked”, the teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, said in front of the school. “This is a terrible crime, it is impossible to digest,” she adds.

On Tuesday at noon, about twenty students appeared in front of the institution in a collected atmosphere, hugging or laying a few flowers at half-mast, an AFP journalist noted.

“It is very sad that this happened here, in the safest place for me and many students. It’s a warm, caring school,” says Lydia Kronberg, an 18-year-old student.

Not like before… It will be hard to come back, hold a memorial ceremony. We will take days one by one.

Bouquets of flowers in front of Malmö Latin High School in Malmö, Sweden on March 22, 2022.
Bouquets of flowers in front of Malmö Latin High School in Malmö, Sweden on March 22, 2022. (©TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP/Johan NILSSON)

Mobile unknown

“We have a lot of work ahead of us to understand what happened and the motives for this terrible act,” commented Osa Nilsson, one of the leaders of the investigation.

In January, also in southern Sweden, a 16-year-old boy was arrested after injuring a student and teacher in the city of Kristianstad. The case was linked to a similar attack in August in the town of Yeslov, about 50 kilometers away, in which a student attacked a 45-year-old school worker.

No connection to the Malmö case has been established at this stage.

Source: © 2022 AFP

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