Swedish sword killer was Hitler fan

2015-10-23 19:21
Mourners light candles outside the Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden. (Adam Ihse, AP)

Mourners light candles outside the Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden. (Adam Ihse, AP)

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Trollhattan - Swedish media reports on Friday said the 21-year-old sword-wielding attacker who killed a teacher and a teenager at a immigrant-heavy Swedish school admired Hitler and had far-right sympathies.

Police investigator Thord Haraldsson said the killer, identified in the media as Trollhattan native Anton Lundin-Pettersson, targeted "those with dark complexions".

Police also found documents at his home indicating the attack "was planned, and a hate crime," he said, adding that the killer left a "kind of suicide note".

Wearing black clothes and a Darth Vader-like mask and armed with a sword, the assailant went from classroom-to-classroom in search of victims at the Kronan school for children aged between six and 15.

Police believe he picked the school because many of its students are immigrants.

Stab wounds

Before police shot and killed him, he managed to kill a teacher and critically wound a teenage student who later died of his wounds.

Another student, aged 15, sustained critical stab wounds during the attack along with a teacher who was seriously injured.

All of those wounded were of immigrant origin, police said.

Although the killer had no criminal record, details emerged in the press suggesting he was a loner who admired Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany and the far-right Sweden Democrats party, which is critical of Islam and of rising immigration to the Scandinavian country.

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