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Sweden: Man who killed pair at school 'was racist'

By staff reporter

Published 24/10/2015

Students and parents leave Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall/TT via AP)
Students and parents leave Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall/TT via AP)

The man who stabbed two people to death at a school in Sweden before being shot and killed by police had a racist motive and had planned the attack.

Police labelled the stabbing in the industrial town of Trollhattan as a hate crime based on discoveries they made when searching the man's home, the way he dressed, his behaviour at the scene and the way he selected his victims.

"All together, this gives a picture that the perpetrator had a racist motive when he committed the crimes at Kronan school," police said in a statement.

The 21-year-old masked man, who has not been identified by police, entered the school in southern Sweden on Thursday and stabbed four people, two of whom died, before he was shot by police. He later died of his wounds.

Local newspaper GT cited relatives as saying the victims were 20-year-old Lavin Eskandar, a mentor at the school, and Ahmed Hassan, a 15-year-old student. Both died of their stabbing wounds.

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