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Swedish School Attack: Masked Man With Sword Kills 2, Injures at Least 2

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Swedish police officers secure the area outside a primary and middle school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden, on October 22, 2015, where a masked man armed with a sword injured an adult and four students before being arrested by police. (Stig Hedstrom/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 22 Oct 2015 10:01 AM

A Swedish school attack Thursday morning in the western city of Trollhättan left a teacher and a boy dead and a sword-wielding suspect seriously injured.

Authorities said that the 21-year-old suspect entered the school wearing a mask and used "several knife-like objects" in his attack. The Local reported that a male teacher and a boy died, while at least three other people are seriously injured.

Officials have not yet figured out a motive in the attack that the schoolchildren initially thought was a prank because of the suspect's "Star Wars" mask.

Sky News reported that police hit the masked suspect with two shots, injuring him to end the attack. Another male teacher was wounded but his condition has not been reported on

"The suspect has been shot and is being treated at NÄL [the regional hospital]," hospital spokesperson Niklas Claesson told The Local. "He is seriously injured and is being operated on."

Police have yet to identity the suspect or determine if he is a resident of the area, according to The Guardian. Sweden's prime minister, Stephen Löfven, was traveling to Trollhättan on Thursday afternoon.

"I was in a classroom with my class when one of my classmates' sisters called her to warn her that there was a murderer at the school," one teenage student told The Local. "So we locked the door to the classroom, but our teacher was still outside in the corridor."

"We wanted to warn him, so a few of us went outside and then I saw the murderer, he was wearing a mask and had a sword. Our teacher got stabbed. The murderer started chasing me, I ran into another classroom. If I had not run, I would have been murdered. I’m feeling really scared. Everyone’s scared here," the teen continued.

The attack took place in the Kronogården area, a disadvantaged portion of the country where more than half the population are not Swedish. Researchers once called Trolhättan the most highly segregated city in Sweden, according to The Guardian.

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