Print with images and other media Print text only Print Cancel Swedish police say a man armed with an axe attacked and injured eight people before being shot and arrested. Key points: A suspect in his 20s was previously known to police for minor crimes Police said the situation is under control, with the assailant hospitalised Authorities are undertaking a preliminary investigation into terrorist crimes Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said a possible terrorist motive was being investigated.
Shortly after his statement, investigators vetlanda dating a police press conference said they had started a preliminary investigation into attempted murder with details "that make us investigate any terrorist motives".
The situation was under control and there were no indications that anyone else was involved in the attack in the town of Vetlanda, kilometres south of the capital Stockholm.
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Some of the victims were in a serious condition and the suspect, a man in his 20s, was hospitalised after his arrest, a police spokesman told a news conference. Local police chief Jonas Lindell said "it seems that the injuries are not life-threatening" but could not give further details.
Sweden's Prime Minister has condemned the "terrible act". Officials did not provide details on the identity of the suspect.
The man was previously known to police for minor crimes, the spokesman said. The events took place in downtown Vetlanda with police saying they got calls about a man assaulting people with an axe.
Police also said there were five crime scenes in the town of roughly 13, Mr Lofven condemned "this terrible act" and added that Sweden's domestic security agency SAPO was also working on the case. He was arrested and vetlanda dating sentenced to life in prison.