Swedish man kills two people in knife attack at an Ikea store
A man in Sweden has been arrested after he stabbed two people to death and seriously injured another in a seemingly unprovoked attack in the kitchen utensils section of an Ikea superstore.
The attack took place just before 1pm yesterday at the Ikea branch in Västerås, a small city 60 miles from Stockholm.
Two victims, a man and a woman, were so severely injured that they were already dead by the time ambulances arrived on the scene.
The third victim, a man, is in a critical condition, according to local health authorities.
Store manager Mattias Johansson told the local 'VLT' newspaper that the victims had been "three seemingly ordinary visitors".
"You're talking to a guy who right now might have their worst day ever in the job, but also as a human being," he said in a statement to press.
"I have many colleagues who are unwell, but it is also important to say that no employee is injured."
Therese Dahlberg (25) was eating lunch with her mother-in-law in the canteen when staff began to shut off the staircase down to the lower floor. She and the other diners were then evacuated.
"We were really shocked. It's a little creepy to go and buy lunch, and then, only a few hundred metres away, someone murders someone," she said.
She said that the attack had taken place in the kitchen utensils section.
"I have no idea if it was an Ikea knife which was used, but that's where they keep them," she added.
Ikea confirmed in a statement that a "tragic incident" had taken place.
"The store is currently closed, as well as the entire Erikslund Shopping Centre where the store is located. At this time, our thoughts go to the victims and their families."
Västerås is a cathedral city of 140,000 people which sits on the opposite shore of Lake Mälaren from Stockholm.
Martina Smedberg, spokeswoman for Ikea Group, said the attack occurred with no warning and it had no idea of a possible motive.
"There have been no known threats against Ikea," she said.
"The building was evacuated and closed immediately after the attack."
Police said they were called to the store in the early afternoon where they found a dead man and two wounded people, one of whom died later.