IKEA Stabbing Attack

Published: August 10, 2015

IKEA Stabbing Attack, Two people have been stabbed to death at an IKEA store in a town west of Stockholm, Swedish police say.

A third person, a 35-year-old man, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, the SVT public broadcaster said.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police said they received a call reporting injuries at the store at around 1pm.

The area has been cordoned off

“We found a man and a woman who had knife injuries and who later died of their wounds,” they said in a statement.

Store manager Mattias Johansson told regional Swedish newspaper VLT that the victims were “three seemingly ordinary visitors” caught up in the attack.

He said the stabbing took place in the store’s kitchen accessories department.

The newspapers Aftonbladet and Expressen said a large police operation took place at the store in Vasteras, about an hour west of the Swedish capital, after the incident.

Police were called at the scene at around 1pm

Police in bullet-proof vests and ambulances rushed to the scene, according to witnesses, and the store was closed off.

IKEA confirmed the “tragic incident” in a statement, saying the entire Erikslund shopping centre where the store is located has also been closed.

“Police are investigating at the site. At this time, our thoughts go to the victims and their families,” the statement said.

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