Sunday 17 December 2017

Two killed in triple stabbing at IKEA store

Police officers attend the Ikea store in Vasteras, Sweden, after three people were injured in a knife attack at the store. (Peter Kruger/TT via AP)
Police officers attend the Ikea store in Vasteras, Sweden, after three people were injured in a knife attack at the store. (Peter Kruger/TT via AP)
A police office talks to customers outside the Ikea store in Vasteras, Sweden, after three people were injured in a knife attack at the store. (Peter Kruger/TT via AP)
Three shoppers were injured in the attack.

PA and Reuters

Two people were killed and one seriously injured in a knife attack at an IKEA store in the city of Vasteras, about an hour west of the Swedish capital Stockholm, police said on Monday.

Local police said they had been called to the store around 1pm CET (11am GMT).

"We found a man and a woman who had knife injuries and who later died of their wounds," local police said in a statement. The motive of the attack was unclear.

A 35 year-old man was seriously injured, Swedish television reported.

"He was brought in from the site of the incident with life-threatening injuries," Lena Moren, head duty nurse at Vasteras hospital, told the SVT public broadcaster.

Police had cordoned off the IKEA store and begun interviewing witnesses.

Police officers attend the Ikea store in Vasteras, Sweden, after three people were injured in a knife attack at the store. (Peter Kruger/TT via AP)
Police officers attend the Ikea store in Vasteras, Sweden, after three people were injured in a knife attack at the store. (Peter Kruger/TT via AP)

SVT showed pictures of one person been loaded into an ambulance with hundreds of shoppers outside the cordoned off store in shorts and summer clothes in bright sunshine.

Martina Smedberg, spokeswoman for Ikea Group, said the attack occurred with no warning and they 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."

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