Sweden says probe into knife attack looking at terror links

Swedish authorities are investigating whether a knife attack by an Afghan man who stabbed seven men and left three of them in critical but stable condition in the small town of Vetlanda had any links to terrorism.

The suspect, who was not named under Swedish policy rules, now faces several counts of attempted murder.

Police officers patrol in the city of Vetlanda on March 4, 2021, one day after a stabbing attack (Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)

“There also was initial information in the investigation that led police to believe that they should look at terrorism as being the motive,” Home Affairs Minister Mikael Damberg tells reporters. “It is not strange that when there is such a type of atrocity in Sweden that a connection to terrorism is also being investigated.”

Neither Damberg nor police would elaborate what that “initial information” was to prompt investigators to probe possible terrorism links.