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Löfven: Mölndal stabbing "a tragedy"

Published måndag 25 januari kl 13.16
Updated måndag 25 januari kl 19.53
Photo: Adam Ihse/TT
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Prime Minister Stefan Löfven held a press conference at the municipal building in Mölndal on Monday evening after a woman was killed at a home for young asylum seekers and refugees, earlier in the day. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT
The accommodation in Mölndal, where a young woman was stabbed to death. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT
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The accommodation in Mölndal, where a young woman was stabbed to death. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

A 22-year-old woman died after an argument involving a knife on Monday morning, at an accommodation for unaccompanied young asylum seekers or refugees in Mölndal, south of Gothenburg. 

At a press conference in Mölndal on Monday evening, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said that it was with sorrow and rage that he had received the news of the woman's death. "It is a terrible crime," Löfven said, adding that his thoughts went to the woman's family, friends and colleagues. 

A 15-year-old resident of the home, is suspected of killing the woman, who worked at the center. After the attack, she was brought to hospital with life threatening injuries, but her life could not be saved, news agency TT reports.

"I believe that there are quite many people in Sweden who feel a lot of concern that there can be more cases of this kind, when Sweden receives so many children and youth, who come alone (to seek asylum)," said Löfven.

Löfven also promised that ahead of the government's next budget proposal, authorities that have had more work to do on account of the refugee situation, for example, the police, will get enough resources to carry out their work. 

The 15-year-old was arrested after the attack, on suspicion of murder or manslaughter, reports Swedish Radio News.

"It was messy, a crime scene with a lot of blood. The perpetrator had been overpowered by other residents, people were down and upset," said the police press spokesperson Thomas Fuxborg, in describing what the police officers met when they arrived at the scene in the morning.

A knife that is believed to be the one used in the attack has been recovered, police say.

Thomas Fuxborg tells TT that he welcomes the demand for more resources made by the National Police commissioner this morning.

"Of course we have had more to do, among others with these kinds of problems. You could say that since this autumn, we have been called out several times per week to different kinds of arguments at different types of accommodation (for asylum seekers) that we did not have before, so it has given us a lot of work," he told TT.

Swedish Radio Göteborg reports that the residents at the home will be moved to a new accommodation for tonight. They are aged between 14 and 17 years old.

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