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Malmö serial shooter suspect

Police staked out flat of suspect killer Mangs

Published lördag 12 maj 2012 kl 12.15
Weapons and flak jacket found by police. Photo: Swedish Police/Scanpix

The police in Malmö were watching the apartment of suspected serial shooter Peter Mangs just hours before he shot at one of his targets, having acted on a tip-off.

Börje Sjöholm, operative head of the investigation, told Sydsvenskan newspaper that they held off arresting their suspect because they feared he may dispose of his weapon, which according to a tip-off, he had hidden outdoors.

Sydsvenskan reports that while the police were carrying out their stakeout, Naser Yazdanapanah, a tailor by trade, was shot at while working on the night of 23 October 2010. The police say the two bullets which were fired at his window form a vital piece of prosecution evidence against Mangs, who was arrested two weeks later.

40-year-old Peter Mangs is accused of three murders and 12 attempted murders in Malmö, supposedly targeting people of dark skin and non-Swedish appearance.

The trial begins on Monday.

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