Swedish police officer stabbed in the neck in a busy square in Stockholm

The attacker is apprehended by a police officer as half a dozen colleagues spring into action

A Swedish policeman was stabbed in a bustling Stockholm square on Thursday, with nothing to indicate it was a terror attack, police said.

“A police officer has been stabbed in the back and the neck,” inspector Ronnie Tellberger said, saying the assailant attacked him from behind.

The suspect was arrested at the scene, a witness said.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

“There’s nothing to indicate at this point that this was terror-related,” Stockholm police spokesperson Lars Bystrom said.

“As I’ve understood things, it seems this was totally unprovoked,” he said.

The attack comes almost five months after an Uzbek asylum seeker deliberately ploughed a truck into shoppers in central Stockholm, killing five people including an 11-year-old girl.

Thursday’s incident occurred around 10:30 near a subway exit in Medborgarplatsen Square in the Sodermalm neighbourhood.

“A preliminary enquiry has been opened into attempted murder,” Stockholm police said in a statement.

The police officer was taken to hospital, but was released several hours later, Bystrom said.

The witness said the attack “happened so quickly, there was barely time to notice anything,” but that he saw police arrest a man at the scene.


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