A man armed with an axe injured eight people in Sweden

EMERGENCY ALERTS

A man armed with an axe attacked and wounded eight people in a southern town in Sweden on Wednesday.

The attacker, identified as a 20-year-old male by the Jonkoping county police department, was shot and wounded by police in the Vetlanda locality.

The events took place in downtown Vetlanda, with police saying they received calls just after 2 pm GMT about a man assaulting people with an axe. Police also said that there were five crime scenes in this town of roughly 13,000 people.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said a possible terrorist motive was being investigated. "In the light of what has emerged so far in the police investigation, prosecutors have initiated a preliminary investigation into terrorist crimes," he said.

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SAFETY TIPS TERRORIST ATTACK

What to do in the case of a terrorist attack

  • Remain calm and be patient
  • Follow the advice of local emergency officials
  • Know the emergency numbers of the country you are in
  • Listen to the radio or television for news and instructions
  • Call your family contact—do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency
  • If there is an explosion outside a building, stay inside. Keep away from windows, lifts and outside doors in case there’s another bomb nearby
  • Be vigilant in public areas and places that attract foreigners and westerners –  hotels, restaurants, bars and crowded places like markets, malls or sports events. Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Think about the routes you use and have a plan of action to follow in the event of an incident
  • Keep your mobile phone charged and with you, with emergency numbers programmed in
  • Find the safest way to leave the area. Move as quickly and calmly as you can

What to do after the terrorist attack

  • If you are at the airport, minimise the time spent in the public area, which is generally less well protected. Move quickly from the check-in counter to the secured areas.
  • Do not go out into the public streets
  • If you saw the explosion inform the police
  • Make yourself aware of your surroundings. Be aware of the conduct of people near you. If they are acting suspicious, alert the local authorities
  • Follow the advice of local emergency officials
  • Listen to the radio or television for news and instructions
  • Stay away from large gatherings or demonstrations