In Visby, the largest city on the Swedish island of Gotland, a 60-year-old woman was stabbed during a political event that saw senior politicians gather for a week. “Unfortunately I can tell you that a woman died of her injuries,” Jutland police chief Fredrik Persson said during a press conference, adding that the attack happened just before 2pm (Italian time). Authorities immediately arrested a 33-year-old man accused of the attack, but the motive is not yet clear.
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According to the newspaper he svede AftonbladetThe man allegedly participated in the demonstrations of the Northern Resistance Movement, a neo-Nazi-oriented group present in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. The police did not want to confirm the information and said they did not rule out a political motive, although the ongoing investigations have not given any indication of this so far. According to the newspaper, the attack occurred at the point where centrist politics should have been spoken.
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A 69-year-old retiree pushed the appeal and threw it to the ground, allowing for his arrest. The man, Lars Rotterberg, said he heard someone shout “Stop it” and saw the 33-year-old jump over the fence. “I saw him, I thought he hijacked a bag or something. He wasn’t that big, and he wasn’t a bodybuilder, so he pretended for a while that there was nothing wrong. Then when he passed me, I pushed him really hard.”