2 teachers killed in a Swedish high school, a student arrested

STOCKHOLM —
Two teachers were killed by a student at a high school in southern Sweden, police said on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old student was arrested at the scene on Monday in Malmö, Sweden’s third-largest city. The victims were two women in their 50s, police said.

The suspect was not previously known to police and had no criminal record, and police have not disclosed how the teachers were killed. A motive has not been established.

“At the moment it is far too early to comment on this,” Malmö police chief Petra Stenkula told a press conference.

She said officers arrived and found the suspect and two victims on the third floor of the Latin school in Malmö city center 10 minutes after being alerted, adding the situation was then “under control”.

Stenkula did not confirm a report by the Aftonbladet newspaper, saying the student himself called authorities to say he had killed two people, laid down his weapons and was on the third floor.

Police carried out “seizures” and a forensic examination “will give us a better understanding of what happened,” Stenkula said, adding that authorities had no information about other injuries.

Police said they were called at 5:12 p.m. Monday. Dozens of ambulances and patrol cars rushed to the school and armed police were seen entering the building, which was cordoned off.

Pupils at the school, which has around 1,100 pupils, had gathered to work on a musical and pupils locked themselves in classrooms.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said she reacted “with sadness and dismay” to the killings, according to Swedish news agency TT.

All classes were suspended on Tuesday and the school was closed.

The murders took place in a modern annex of the school, which was founded in 1406 when the pope issued a letter of privilege authorizing its construction and operation. It was originally intended to educate local youth on Christian doctrine and the Latin language.

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