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Swedish police say school sword attack 'a hate crime'.

NNA - The stabbing attack at a school in western Sweden that left three people dead, including the assailant, is being investigated as a hate crime, police said. The student and teacher killed in Trollhattan on Thursday were both of foreign origin, as were the two injured who survived the attack. "We are convinced that the culprit was driven by racist motives," officer Niklas Hallgren told Swedish Radio, citing the selection of victims and findings made in the attacker's apartment. The attack, the first deadly assault on a Swedish school since 1961, has stunned the country which is currently engaged in intense debate over immigration. The attacker, identified as 21-year-old Anton Lundin Pettersson, was previously unknown to police. Swedish media, after scrutinising his social media accounts, said he had supported a call to stop immigration to Sweden and "liked" pages hailing Adolf Hitler. The Kronan school, with students aged 7 to 15, is located in an area with many newly arrived immigrants. ===============R.H.

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Date:Oct 23, 2015
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