Armed man spreads panic among train passengers

An armed man travelling on a Stockholm commuter train caused passengers to flee the train early on Saturday morning. The man got off the train in Västerhaninge where he later robbed a taxi driver around 4 am.

“We received several calls from passengers on the train about an armed man and people fled out onto the platform in Västerhaninge. In Västerhaninge centre, a taxi driver was threatened by a man with a sawn-off shotgun. His fares were stolen and he was hit in the back of the head,” Lars Alvarsjö, station commander at the Södertörn police, told TT.

Witnesses to both incidents gave the same description and police believe it is the same perpetrator. He was tracked with canine units on Saturday morning, but has not yet been apprehended.

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Swiss weapons exports up 38 percent despite pandemic

Switzerland’s weapons exports have seen a 38 percent increase in 2020, according to official government figures.

Swiss weapons exports up 38 percent despite pandemic
Swiss weapons exports are on track for their highest year on record. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Switzerland exported CHF690 worth of weapons over the first nine months of 2020. That’s a 38 percent increase on the CHF500 million sold over the corresponding period in 2019. 

Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) published the figures on Tuesday

The biggest customers for Swiss weaponry were Denmark, Indonesia and Germany. 

In total, 76 countries bought Swiss weapons during the period. 

According to current figures, weapons exports are on track to be the highest in Swiss history – beating the record of CHF893 million set in 2011. 

‘Death business is flourishing’ 

The news has been heavily criticised by a number of non-government organisations critical of weapons being sold to countries at war or who may use them against their own citizens. 

The Organisation for Switzerland without an Army (GSOA) and Terre des Hommes have been critical of the figures, particularly as the industry has called for a decrease in regulation in recent years. 

GSOA wrote in a statement “the death business is flourishing”. 

Saudi Arabia – currently involved in a conflict in Yemen – appear on the list, along with Brazil. Weapons opponents are concerned the Swiss exports could be used in the country’s slums, Der Bund reports