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"I Never Meant to Shoot at Students"

Published måndag 15 mars 2010 kl 09.47

Updated 4:49 PM

The 30-year-old man detained after announcing plans for a shooting massacre at a Stockholm university has told police that he never intended to carry out the threats. He has confessed to writing the statements posted in an Internet forum, but says that students at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) were never actually in any danger.

Students discovered the threat on the Internet on Sunday night and reported it to the police, who quickly localized and arrested the man at his home in Gothenburg. He is still being held in police custody under suspicion of making death threats.

Although the police say that there is no longer any danger of an incident, they are remaining at the university throughout the day to provide information and to confirm that they regarded the threat as serious.

"It feels safe that the police is still here, in case he wasn't alone," student Anna Pettersson told news agency TT.

Zebastian Lovén, another student at the university, told TT that the threat felt unreal. "You never think that something like this can happen here, or at that school where you yourself study," he said.

"You think that this kind of thing can only happen out west, or at least far away."

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