In Visby, the largest city on the Swedish island of Gotland, a 60-year-old woman was stabbed during a political event that sees top politicians gather for a week. “Unfortunately I can tell you that a woman died of her injuries,” said Fredrik Persson, Gotland Police Chief, during a press conference, adding that the attack took place 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 Aftonbladet, the man allegedly participated in the demonstrations of the Nordic 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 yet given any sign of this. According to the newspaper, the attack took place at the point where centrist politics should have spoken.
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The stabber was pushed and thrown to the ground by a 69-year-old retiree, allowing him to be arrested. The man, Lars Reuterberg, said he heard someone yell “stop him” and saw the 33-year-old jump over a fence. “I saw him, I thought he snatched a purse or something. He wasn’t big, he wasn’t a bodybuilder, so he pretended nothing was wrong for a while. Then when he passed me, I pushed him hard.” .