Teacher, student killed in stabbing attack on Swedish school

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A knife-wielding masked man stabbed four people Thursday at a school in southern Sweden, killing one teacher and a student before being shot by police, authorities said. One student said he thought the attacker was in a Halloween costume.

Students fled from the Kronan school in Trollhattan, near Goteborg, Sweden's second-largest city, as the attack took place in a nearby cafe just after 10 a.m., police said. The school has 400 students, ranging from pre-school to high school.


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Police arrived to find one male teacher already dead and two male students and another male teacher seriously wounded, police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg told The Associated Press. One of the students died later at the hospital.

Police fired two shots, one of which hit the attacker, a 21-year-old man from Trollhattan, Fuxborg said. The attacker's motive was not known, he added.

Pictures taken from the Kronan school after the attack:

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NEW VERSION - This picture made available to AFP by a student shows the masked man armed with a sword posing for a photo with two other students before attacking students and staff at the primary and middle school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, on October 22, 2015. The man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police. AFP PHOTO +++ RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
A crowd gathers near the scene of a sword attack by a masked man at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden, Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. At least six people were injured, and the offender was shot by the police. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
A crowd gathers outside, as emergency services attend the scene of a sword attack by a masked man at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden, Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. At least six people were injured, and the offender was shot by the police. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
A crowd gathers outside, as emergency services attend the scene of a sword attack by a masked man at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden, Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. At least six people were injured, and the offender was shot by the police. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
People and parents leaving school after attack at a primary and middle school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, on October 22, 2015, where a masked man armed with a sword attacked students and staff members. The man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police. AFP PHOTO / STR +++ SWEDEN OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Emergency services attend the scene after a masked man attacked people with a sword, at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, near Goteborg in western Sweden, Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. At least six people were injured, and the offender was shot by the police. (Stig Hedström / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, right, talks to local people near the school Thursday afternoon where a masked man wielding what looked like a sword stabbed four people Thursday Oct. 22, 2015, in Trollhattan, Southern Sweden. A knife-wielding masked man stabbed four people Thursday at a school in southern Sweden, killing one teacher and a student before being shot by police, authorities said. (Adam Ihse/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
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Police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg speaks to the press ourside a primary and middle school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, on October 22, 2015, where a masked man armed with a sword severely injured an adult and four students before being arrested by police. The man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
A crowd gathers outside, as emergency services attend the scene of a sword attack by a masked man at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden, Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. At least six people were injured, and the offender was shot by the police. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
Police officers secure the area after a masked man attacked people with a sword, at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden, Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. At least six people were injured, and the offender was shot by the police. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
The Swedish flag flys at half-mast in front of the town hall in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, on October 22, 2015, where a masked man armed with a sword attacked students and staff members at a school. The man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER +++ SWEDEN OUT +++ (Photo credit should read STRINGER,STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Police vans are parked in front of a primary and middle school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, on October 22, 2015, where a masked man armed with a sword attacked students and staff members. The man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police. AFP PHOTO / STR +++ SWEDEN OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Police cordon off the scene of a primary and middle school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, on October 22, 2015, where a masked man armed with a sword severely injured an adult and four students before being arrested by police. The man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
A crowd gathers outside, as emergency services attend the scene of a sword attack by a masked man at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden, Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. At least six people were injured, and the offender was shot by the police. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
Students and parents leave near the scene of a sword attack by a masked man at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden, Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. At least six people were injured, and the offender was shot by the police. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
Emergency services attend the scene after a masked man attacked people with a sword, at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, near Goteborg, Sweden, Thursday Oct. 22, 2015. At least six people were injured, and the offender was shot by the police. (Stig Hedstrom / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
Police have cordoned off the scene at a primary and middle school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, on October 22, 2015, where a masked man armed with a sword attacked severely students and staff members. The man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Children look at persons lightening candles outside a primary and middle school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, on October 22, 2015, where a masked man armed with a sword injured to death an adult and four students before being arrested and shot by police. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners light candles outside Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, a day after an attack. The attacker who stabbed two people to death at the school before being shot and killed by police had a racist motive, police said. (Adam Ihse/TT News Agency via AP) SWEDEN OUT
Police officers guard on October 23, 2015 the apartment building where the man who allegedely attacked students at a primary and middle school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, used to live. The masked man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers guard on October 23, 2015 the apartment building where the man who allegedely attacked students at a primary and middle school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, used to live. The masked man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Forensic officers investigate at a primary and middle school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, on October 22, 2015, where a masked man armed with a sword attacked students and staff members. The man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Forensic officers investigate at a primary and middle school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, on October 22, 2015, where a masked man armed with a sword attacked students and staff members. The man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
People light candles and lay flower tributes outside the school Thursday afternoon where a masked man stabbed four people Thursday Oct. 22, 2015, in Trollhattan, Sweden. A knife-wielding masked man stabbed four people Thursday at a school in southern Sweden, killing one teacher and a student before being shot by police, authorities said. (Adam Ihse/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
A woman lights a candle at a makeshift memorial site at a school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, on October 22, 2015, where a masked man armed with a sword attacked students and staff members. The man brandishing a sword broke into a school in Sweden, killing two people and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
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The attacker had at least one large knife and possibly two, including what may have been a sword, another police spokesman, Stefan Gustavsson, told the AP. He said authorities knew the attacker had killed the teacher "because of the wounds he had."

Laith Alazze, a 14 year-old student at Kronan, said at first he thought the attacker — who was clad in black with a mask — had something to do with Halloween.

"One of my friends walked over to him to challenge him, but when we saw he stabbed him (the teacher), we ran away," Alazze told Sweden's TV4.

The three wounded underwent surgery later Thursday at the Norra Alvsborgs Lanssjukhus hospital. Dr. Lars Spetz told reporters the one teacher had been stabbed in the abdomen while the two students — boys aged 11 and 15 — were stabbed in the abdomen, liver and chest.

Police spokeswoman Maria Randsalu said the second victim was a male student, but did not say which one.

The attacker, who was also at the hospital, had gunshot wounds to his lower chest, Spetz said.

Swedish media said the school held a meeting Thursday morning to discuss teachers' fears that the school was too open. The Dagens Nyheter newspaper said students must go through a public cafe to reach the school's cafeteria and other parts of the building.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who headed to the scene, described Thursday as a "black day."

"My thoughts go out to the victims and their families, the students and staff, and the whole community that has been affected," Lofven said. "No words can describe what they are going through right now."


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