Man armed with axe injures eight in possible terrorist attack in Sweden

A man in his 20s is in custody after being shot in the leg by police following the attack in Vetlanda

A man armed with an axe has attacked and injured eight people in a southern 瑞典 town in what authorities called a suspected terrorist crime.

Police said the man in his 20s attacked people in the small town of Vetlanda, 关于 190 kilometers (118 英里) southeast of Goteborg, Sweden’s second largest city on Wednesday afternoon. His motive was not immediately known.

The man was taken into custody after being shot in the leg by police, who said the condition of those attacked and of the perpetrator was not immediately known. Officials did not provide details on the identity of the suspect, who was taken to hospital.

Prime minister Stefan Löfven said a possible terrorist motive was being investigated.

“In the light of what has emerged so far in the police investigation, prosecutors have initiated a preliminary investigation into terrorist crimes,“ 他说.

Shortly after his statement, investigators at a police press conference said they had started a preliminary investigation into attempted murder with details “that make us investigate any terrorist motives.”

“But at the moment I cannot go into details,” regional police chief Malena Grann said.

Local police chief Jonas Lindell said “it seems that the injuries are not life-threatening” but could not give further details.

The events took place in downtown Vetlanda with police saying they got calls just after 1400 GMT about a man assaulting people with an axe. Police also said that there are five crime scenes in this town of roughly 13,000.

Lofven condemned “this terrible act,” and added that Sweden’s domestic security agency SAPO was also working on the case.

“They continuously assess whether there are reasons to take security-enhancing measures and are prepared to do so if necessary,” he said in a statement.