Two slain in knife attack at Swedish IKEA furniture retailer
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Two people were killed yesterday afternoon and another seriously injured in Sweden. The injured man is considered a suspect in the knife attack and was arrested in hospital. Another man was arrested at the scene, which was an furniture retailer. According to police, the two fatalities do not have any obvious connection to the suspects, but did know each other. The motive is, thus far, unknown.,
Police were called to the scene at 13:00and found three stab victims. Initially, all three were considered victims, but the status of one has been changed to suspect. The other two, a man and a woman, subsequently died from their wounds. Police have said is helping in the investigation. Local newspaper (VLT) has reportedly posted footage of one of the suspects being tackled by police.
VLT has further claimed to have identified the two victims as a mother and son, aged 55 and 28 respectively. According to the paper, the victims were not local residents, but did have a connection with Västerås, where they were vacationing at the time of the attack, which a police spokesperson has called "an act of madness" ((sv))Swedish language: En galen händelse.
"This is the worst working day of my life" ((sv))Swedish language: Det är den värsta arbetsdagen i mitt liv, said Mattias Johansson, the store manager of IKEA in Västerås, to . IKEA spokesperson Anna Pilkrona-Godden told , "Our thoughts are with those affected," and said the store is closed for the time being.
Västerås is in central Sweden, approximately 115 km (70 miles) west from the capital Stockholm. The population is roughly 110 thousand.
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