CCTV footage shows Ikea sus­pect tried to kill self af­ter deaths: re­port

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

CCTV footage from an Ikea store in Swe­den where two peo­ple were stabbed to death ear­lier this week, show the al­leged at­tacker try­ing to com­mit sui­cide, the Afton­bladet daily re­ported Wed­nes­day.

Mon­day’s at­tack saw a mother and her adult son stabbed to death at a store in the cen­tral town of Vasteras, with po­lice ar­rest­ing two Eritrean asy­lum seek­ers.

One in his mid 30s was found at the scene with se­ri­ous knife in­juries while the sec­ond, aged 23, was wait­ing at a bus stop out­side Ikea.

Ac­cord­ing to Afton­bladet’s web­site, the im­ages ap­pear to show that the per­pe­tra­tor was the in­jured Eritrean who was evac­u­ated to hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

The footage shows a man grab­bing two knives from the kitchen­ware sec­tion “sev­eral sec­onds be­fore the mur­der” then at­tack­ing the two shop­pers, a 55-year-old woman and her 28-year-old son, the pa­per said.

“The at­tack ends when the al- leged mur­derer stabs him­self in the stom­ach,” it said.

Swedish po­lice have re­mained tightlipped since Mon­day over the ex­act cir­cum­stances of the mur­der.

On Wed­nes­day, the pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said in a state­ment that in­ves­ti­ga­tors were still hold­ing the 23-year-old who was stay­ing at the same cen­tre for asy­lum seek­ers as the in­jured man.

He has de­nied any in­volve­ment in the at­tack.

The cen­ter is some 50 kilo­me­ters from Vasteras.

The sec­ond man has not yet been in­ter­viewed due to the se­ri­ous na­ture of his in­juries.

Swedish media re­ports said Wed­nes­day that the in­jured man had been handed a de­por­ta­tion or­der which would have re­turned him to Italy.

The day be­fore the at­tack he had met with immigration of­fi­cials in Vasteras to dis­cuss his case, the re­ports said.

Swe­den hosts a com­mu­nity of some 18,000 Eritrean na­tion­als but that num­ber is ex­pected to rise sig­nif­i­cantly in the com­ing years.

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