Live updates

PM: Trollhattan attack a 'dark day' for Sweden

Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven is to visit the town of Trollhättan today to offer his sympathy to the those affected in a deadly knife attack on a school in the town.

In an official statement, Mr Löfven called the incident a "dark day for Sweden" and said he will ensure victims are given all the support they need.

This is a dark day for Sweden. My thoughts go out to the victims and their families, pupils and staff, and the entire community that has been affected.

There are no words to describe what they are going through right now.

We share in their grief and we will ensure that they are given all the support they need.

– Stefan Löfven

Advertisement

Teacher and student die in school sword attack in Sweden

Emergency services at the scene of the incident in Trollhattan Credit: RTV

A teacher and a student have died after an attack by a knife-wielding man on a school in southern Sweden.

The man was shot by police following the attack at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, near Goteborg, Sweden's second-largest city.

Two others, a student and a teacher, were also injured in the attack, which took place in the school's cafe area.

Police arrived to find one male teacher already dead and two male students, aged 11 and 15, and another male teacher seriously wounded. One of the students died later at the hospital.

A police spokesman told the Associated Press the attacker had a large knife, possibly two, including what may have been a sword. He said authorities knew the attacker had killed the teacher "because of the wounds he had".

Police fired two shots, one of which hit the attacker, a 21-year-old man from Trollhattan. He is also in a serious condition and has gun wounds to his lower chest.

Advertisement

Load more updates