Eight people have been injured in a suspected terrorist stabbing attack in Sweden.
Police said the attacker, a man in his 20s, was shot in the leg after he launched the assault just before 3pm on Wednesday in Vetlanda, a small town in the country’s south.
He was rushed to hospital where he is receiving treatment under armed guard and is yet to be questioned.
Some of the eight victims were said to be ‘seriously’ wounded and required an ambulance, with some local media outlets reporting that the attacker used an axe.
The assailant’s motive remains unclear but police said they are treating it as a ‘suspected terrorist crime.’
Witness footage shows an ambulance and police officers at the scene on Wednesday in Vetlanda
Five separate crime scenes were cordoned off around the town of around 13,000 residents.
The local train station was also closed at the request of the police and a large number of officers have been sent to carry out patrols.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven condemned the attack as he sent his condolences to the victims and their families.
‘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,’ the PM said in a written statement.
Minister of the Interior Mikael Damberg called the attack ‘terrible.’
The government minister said: ‘Several people are seriously injured. These are terrible events and my thoughts go to the victims and their relatives.
‘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.’
The attack took place at around 3pm on Wednesday in the small town of Vetlanda in southern Sweden