A man has been arrested for carrying out a stabbing rampage in a small town in Sweden which has left eight people “seriously” injured.
The attack occurred at around 3pm on Wednesday in the southern town of Vetlanda when the assailant indiscriminately attacked eight people with a knife.
Police arrived at the scene at 3.10pm and a male suspect in his 20s was shot and subsequently arrested. He was escorted to hospital and is being detained under police guard.
A press conference has been scheduled on Wednesday evening for police to provide further information, but they have confirmed they are treating the incident as a “terrorist crime”, according to the police report.
Roadblocks have been put in place whilst authorities carry out forensics of the area.
Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Löfven condemned the “horrific” attack: “Tonight I am thinking of those injured in Vetlanda and their relatives. I condemn this horrific violence. We are facing these heinous acts with the collective power of society.”
Interior minister Mikael Damberg confirmed that “several people are seriously injured” as he lamented the “terrible events.”
“Right now it is unclear exactly what happened and what the motive was. 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,” Damberg added.