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2 people stabbed to death at Ikea store in Sweden

HELSINKI -- An attacker stabbed two people to death and wounded another at an Ikea store in the central Swedish city of Vasteras on Monday afternoon, police and store officials said.

Police in the city, some 60 miles west of the capital Stockholm, said they had detained a man on suspicion of murder. They said in a tweet that a man and a woman had been killed in the attack and a third person was seriously injured.

A middle-aged suspect was arrested, Reuters reported, citing police spokesman Per Stromback.

"We do not have a motive at the moment," Stromback said.

A police officer writes on a notepad as he speaks to a driver near an Ikea store in Vasteras, central Sweden, August 10, 2015. REUTERS

Sweden's security police, responsible for investigating suspected terror cases, told national news agency TT that they had no reason to be involved in the investigation based on the information they were given about the case.

Martina Smedberg, spokeswoman for Ikea Group, said the attack occurred with no warning and they had no idea of a possible motive.

"There have been no known threats against Ikea," she said. "The building was evacuated and closed immediately after the attack."

Police said they were called to the store in the early afternoon where they found a dead man and two wounded people, one of whom died later.

Further details about the condition of the injured person were not immediately available.

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