Masked man fatally stabs two in Swedish school
TROLLHATTAN, SWEDEN (KUSI) – A student and teacher were killed Thursday after a masked man entered the school and stabbed them.
According to BBC, when police first arrived on scene, they found a male teacher dead near the entrance of the building. Two male students and another teacher were rushed to hospital are being treated in intensive care for knife injuries.
One of the boys, aged 17, died from injuries.
The attacker was shot by police and was taken to the hospital, but has since died from his injuries.
Swedish authorities have identified the attacker, but have not released his name. They also said several knives were used in the attack.
In a news conference Thursday afternoon, Spokesman Thord Haraldsson said they have searched the suspect’s home and have found "interesting" things.
Local media have reported that the suspect’s accounts on Facebook and YouTube suggest an interest in Hitler and Nazi Germany. In a photo given to media by a student at the school, he appears to be wearing a black trench coat and a helmet resembling those worn by German troops in World War Two.
According to the BBC, the 21-year-old attacker first posed for photos with students before he started the attack.
One witness told police she saw two school friends posing with the man.
He was playing "horrible, Halloween-type" music and did not speak, she said.
Her friends thought it was a joke and wanted to be photographed with the man, so Sara took a photo, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported. A teacher came out and asked the man what he was doing, the girl said.
"You’re scaring the children, you can go," the teacher said.
The man just nodded then stabbed the teacher in the side with his knife, Sara said.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has arrived in the town, and said it was a "black day for Sweden".
"I think of the victims and their families, students and staff, and the whole of the affected community. No words can describe what they are going through right now. We must ensure that they receive all the support they need," he said.
According to BBC, school attacks are rare in Sweden – with just one incident on record in the past 20 years, in which one pupil was shot dead.