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article imageCCTV 'shows Ikea suspect tried to kill self' after murders: report

By AFP     Aug 12, 2015 in World

CCTV footage from an Ikea store in Sweden, where two people were stabbed to death earlier this week, shows the alleged attacker trying to commit suicide, the Aftonbladet daily reported Wednesday.

Monday's attack saw a mother and her adult son stabbed to death at a store in the central town of Vasteras, with police arresting two Eritrean asylum seekers.

One in his mid 30s was found at the scene with serious knife injuries while the second, aged 23, was waiting at a bus stop outside Ikea.

According to Aftonbladet's website, the images appear to show that the perpetrator was the injured Eritrean who was evacuated to hospital in critical condition.

The footage shows a man grabbing two knives from the kitchenware section "several seconds before the murder" then attacking the two shoppers, a 55-year-old woman and her 28-year-old son, the paper said.

"The attack ends when the alleged murderer stabs himself in the stomach," it said.

Swedish police have remained tightlipped since Monday over the exact circumstances of the murder.

On Wednesday, the prosecutor's office said in a statement that investigators were still holding the 23-year-old who was staying at the same centre for asylum seekers as the injured man.

He has denied any involvement in the attack.

The centre is some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Vasteras.

The second man has not yet been interviewed due to the serious nature of his injuries.

Swedish media reports said Wednesday that the injured man had been handed a deportation order which would have returned him to Italy.

The day before the attack he had met with immigration officials in Vasteras to discuss his case, the reports said.

Sweden hosts a community of some 18,000 Eritrean nationals but that number is expected to rise significantly in the coming years.

Last year, some 11,500 Eritreans requested asylum in Sweden, and in the first seven months of 2015, another 4,200 have made an application making them the second largest group seeking refugee status after Syrians.

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