Two men stabbed in Stockholm

Two men were stabbed in Stockholm on Saturday night. A man was found stabbed in a cellar in Skärholmen and another man was stabbed in the back in a fight on Hötorget in the centre of the city.

A man was found stabbed in a cellar in Skärholmen in south Stockholm late on Saturday night.

He was rushed to Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge with serious knife wounds in his throat and stomach. One person was later arrested in connection with the attack.

“The police are still working at the scene and I can confirm that the victim has very serious injuries,” said Catharina Nordin at south Stockholm police to News agency TT.

In a separate incident a 20-year-old man was stabbed in the back as a fight broke out on Hötorget in central Stockholm at around 10pm on Saturday night.

A man was arrested on suspicion of accessory to murder but was released in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“His explanation satisfied us that we had insufficient grounds to detain the man. But we now have sufficient information to be able to arrest a perpetrator,” said Torgny Wallström at City police to TT.

Soon after 10pm people received a report of a fight at a restaurant near Hötorget. The man was found shortly after on nearby Slöjdgatan and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance with knife wounds.

According to the police his injuries are not life-threatening.

“It is probable that the men knew each other and that there was some form of dispute that began near Sergels square and which escalated and ultimately led to this,” said Torgny Wallström.


French prosecutor says Paris suburb stabbing treated as suspected terror attack

French anti-terrorist investigators said on Saturday they have taken over the probe into an attack by a knife-wielding man in a park south of Paris.

French prosecutor says Paris suburb stabbing treated as suspected terror attack
A police forensic team at the scene of the attack in Villejuif. Photo: Christophe Archambault/AFP
The man killed one person walking with his wife before being shot dead by police.
Police said the man, identified as 22-year-old Nathan C., attacked several people around lunchtime Friday in the suburb of Villejuif and they initially treated the incident as a criminal not terrorist incident.
But in a statement, the French national anti-terrorist investigation body (PNAT) said that while Nathan C. was known to have had psychiatric problems, worrying evidence had also emerged about his conversion to Islam and radicalisation.
“Investigations over the past few hours have allowed us to establish that he was certainly radicalised (and to show)… organised preparation for his move towards the act,” the statement said.
Additionally, they “showed a murderous path, thought out and chosen, of such a nature as to gravely disturb public order by intimidation or terror,” it said.
Earlier a local magistrate told a press conference that Nathan C. had shouted the Muslim invocation “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) during the attack.
Nathan C. converted to Islam in mid-2017 and is believed to have suffered serious psychiatric problems since he was child, with several spells in hospital. In June he stopped receiving the treatment he was being given.
Police found literature characterised as Salafist in a bag after the attack, Philippe Bugeaud of the Paris investigative police told the press conference.
There was also a letter “with phrases fairly typical of a Muslim man who self-flagellates and who knows that he may be about to take the plunge,” Bugeaud added.
Nathan C.'s apartment in Paris also bore “every sign that it was going to be no longer lived in,” magistrate Laure Beccuau said.
Nathan C. apparently spared a first person who said he was a Muslim and had recited a prayer in Arabic, she said.
He then attacked the couple, killing the husband and seriously injuring the wife before wounding a woman jogger in the back. Beccuau said the two women had now left hospital.
France remains on high alert after being hit by a string of attacks by jihadist extremists since 2015, with more than 250 people killed in total.