STOCKHOLM (AP) – Two teachers were killed by a student at a high school in southern Sweden, the police stated on Tuesday. The 18-year-old student was arrested at the scene on Monday in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city. The victims were two women in their 50s, police say. The suspect was not previously known to the police and had no criminal record, and the police did not reveal how the teachers were killed. A motive has not been determined. – At the moment, it is far too early to comment on that, said Malmö Police Chief Petra Stenkula at a press conference. She said that police arrived and found the suspect and two victims on the third floor of Malmö’s Latin school ten minutes after they were alerted, and added that the situation was then “under control”. Stenkula did not confirm a report from the newspaper Aftonbladet and said that the male student himself called the authorities to say that he had killed two people, had laid down his weapons and was on the third floor. The police made “seizures” and a forensic examination “will allow us to better understand what happened”, Stenkula said, adding that the authorities have no information about any further injuries. Police said they were called at 5.12pm on Monday. Lots of ambulances and patrol cars rushed to the school and armed police were seen entering the building, which was cordoned off. Students at the school, which has about 1,100 students, had gathered to work on a musical and students locked themselves in classrooms. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said she reacted “with grief and dismay” to the murders, according to the Swedish news agency TT. All classes were closed on Tuesday and the school was closed. The murders took place in a modern annex to the school, which was founded in 1406 when the pope issued a letter of privilege that made it possible to build and operate it. It was originally intended to educate local youth about Christian doctrine and the Latin language.
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