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Swedish PM: We will hunt these killers down

Published söndag 9 april 2017 kl 15.40
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven stands in front of a microphone.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the Social Democrat party conference in Gothenburg on Sunday. Credit: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Stefan Löfven addressed the Social Democrat party conference Sunday, his voice breaking as he expressed his gratitude to the police, emergency rescue services and civilians following Friday's deadly attack in Stockholm.

"Having you as my fellow countrymen is a great source of pride," Löfven said in his speech in Gothenburg.

Löfven said peoples' worry must be addressed. "Friends," he said, "that is our duty, as Social Democrats and as Swedes, during this conference and during this decade. We are here to address that worry."

Löfven maintained that efforts to fight terrorism must continue across party lines.

"We will now invite those parties that were part of seeing through the national counter-terrorism strategy to take that work forward," Löfven said, adding that Swedish politicians must continue to prevent terror through all means possible.

"We will hunt these killers down with the collective force of the Swedish democracy," said Löfven and also warned people against attacking police and emergency rescue personnel. Anyone who does so will be severely punished, he said. "No one should attack our society's heroes and get away with it."

Foreign Minister Margot Wallström also addressed the conference on Sunday and, in reference to Friday's truck attack, said: "The purpose of terror attacks is to create discord and fear. Stockholmers responded with warmth, calm and humanity. With a capital city like this, evil can never defeat Sweden."

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