Woman stabbed to death at Swedish political festival

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -A woman was stabbed to death on the Swedish island of Gotland, police said on Wednesday, at a political festival taking place just over two months before a national election. 

Police said a man in his 30s was taken into custody on suspicion of murder following the stabbing, which happened close to where Centre Party leader Annie Loof was giving a speech.

Police also said they had no indications of further threats to the festival, and declined to comment on motives or political affiliations of the suspect. 

A woman has been seriously injured in a stabbing at the Almedalen political festival on the Swedish island of Gotland, Visby, Sweden, 06 July 2022. A man suspected for the deed has been arrested by the police.
EPA-EFE/Henrik Montgomery SWEDEN

Daily Aftonbladet said, citing sources, that the man had links to a neo-Nazi organisation.

The week-long political festival is an annual event that draws crowds of thousands as politicians hold speeches and mingle with voters and tourists. 

(Reporting by Johan AhlanderEditing by Chris Reese and John Stonestreet)

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