STOCKHOLM – The murder of a woman at an annual political event in Sweden earlier this month is now being investigated as an act of terrorism, authorities said.
Sweden’s domestic security agency, known by its acronym SAPO, said the 32-year-old man in custody in the July 6 knife attack is now suspected of “terrorist crimes by murder, “meaning SAPO has now taken up the investigation.
Agency spokesman Gabriel Wernstedt told Swedish broadcaster SVT on Monday that “information has emerged that has led to new suspicions.” Wernstedt declined to give further details.
The suspect, identified by Swedish media as Theodor Engström, was detained at the scene, and confessed to the murder. SVT reported that he had links to the neo-Nazi group NMR, the Nordic Resistance Movement.
The victim, 64-year-old Ing-Marie Wiselgren, was a medical doctor and psychiatric coordinator for the municipalities and regions of Sweden.
There are no other suspects in the case, SAPO said Monday.
The Nazi NMR member was reportedly arrested for yesterday’s murder of Ing-Marie Wieselgren at the only major political event in Sweden, according to the witness who stabbed him in the throat.
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Almedalen Week is an annual event attended by top politicians from various parties, lobbyists, pressure groups and interested members of the public. It takes place in and around Almedalen, a park in Visby, the main town of the island of Gotland, and features debates that are more informal than parliamentary debates.
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