Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, center, talks to people during a visit to the school Thursday afternoon where a masked man stabbed four people Thursday Oct. 22, 2015, in Trollhattan, Sweden. (Adam Ihse/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT
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A masked swordsman who killed a teaching assistant and a boy and wounded two others, all with immigrant backgrounds, was driven by racist motives, Swedish police said Friday, fueling concerns that refugee numbers were polarizing public opinion in the country.The 21-year old assailant walked through a school in Trollhattan, an industrial town in western Sweden with a large immigrant population, stabbing the assistant and boy to death with a sword before being shot dead by police. The attack came on the same day that the government announced up to 190,000 refugees could arrive in Sweden this year, a record number that has strained resources and seen several arson attacks on asylum seeker centers.Swedish media said one of the dead, a 17-year old pupil at the school, had come to Sweden from Somalia three years ago.The refugee had been denied asylum shortly before the attack.
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