Two killed in sword attack on Sweden school

2015-10-22 16:50
(Bjorn Larsson Rosvall, AP)

(Bjorn Larsson Rosvall, AP)

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Trollhttan - A masked man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden on Thursday, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police.

The attack took place in the southwestern town of Trollhattan at a school for children aged between six and 15, shocking a nation where such violence is rare.

Media reports said the assailant was wearing a Star Wars mask and school children initially thought it was a prank or a Halloween costume.

One teacher was found dead at the school, while a second victim died in hospital several hours later.

Swedish media reported the second victim was a young boy.

"We cannot confirm the second victim's identity yet as the family is in the process of being informed," said hospital spokesperson Nicklas Claesson.

Hospital staff had previously confirmed that two boys, aged 11 and 15, were in critical condition with stab wounds, while another teacher who was seriously wounded in the attack was also being operated on.

The assailant, a 21-year-old man from Trollhattan who was shot by police at the scene, was also in critical condition, they said.

Police did not disclose any information about him and the motive for the attack remains unclear.

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