A FAR-RIGHT sympathiser armed with a sword posed for selfies with students at a Swedish school before stabbing four people, killing a teacher and a pupil before being shot by police.
Students at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, north of Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, initially thought the attacker — dressed in a black Darth Vader-like mask and helmet and brandishing a huge sword — was pulling a Halloween prank.
The attacker, named by Swedish media as 21-year-old Anton Lundin-Pettersson, then walked from classroom to classroom looking for victims.
A 20-year-old teaching assistant died at the scene and a 17-year-old boy died later in hospital from stab wounds. Two more students are in a critical condition, while the attacker — who reportedly watched Nazi videos before that attack — was fatally shot by police.
Laith, a 14-year-old student at the school, told Sweden’s state broadcaster SVT neither pupils nor staff initially realised what was happening.
“When we first saw him we thought it was a joke. He had a mask and black clothes and a long sword,” he said. “There were pupils who wanted to take pictures with him and feel the sword.”