Four teenagers in hospital after horror knife attack near school in Sweden

Sweden: Police at scene of suspected attempted murder

Four teenagers have been injured a knife attack near a school in the town of Eskilstuna, west of Stockholm, with two men arrested hours later.

The case is being classified as attempted murder, but police said they had no information on how serious the injuries were, adding that they were not treating it as a terrorist incident.

A large deployment of officers was mobilised near the Munktellarena sports facility in Eskilstuna, some 90 kilometres (56 miles) from the Swedish capital, police said.

Four boys aged 15 were taken to a nearby hospital, with three suffering stab wounds to their upper torsos, police confirmed.

Swedish media has reported that there are several schools nearby.

Initial reports suggest violence flared between two gangs of youths in the town.

Stockholm Police said a call was received at 11.45am GMT regarding a suspected serious crime.

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A spokesman added: “At the moment, several police patrols are in the vicinity of Munktellarenan, which is supposed to be the scene of the crime.

“Barriers have been set up. It must be an assault with at least one motive.

“The crime classification is attempted murder.

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“At least three people are injured and they have been taken to hospital. The police press service has no details about the damage.

“At the moment, no one has been arrested in the case. Forensic technicians are going to the scene.”

An update at 1.07pm GMT said police were still at the scene gathering information and talking to witnesses.

In a second update half an hour later, the spokesman added: “The police are working to clarify what happened. Several people must be involved in a fight that resulted in the personal injuries.”

Two young men have now been arrested, police confirmed at 2.18pm GMT.

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