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Woman stabbed to death at Swedish political festival

stabbing at political festival in visby, gotland island
First responders work at the scene after a woman was seriously injured in a stabbing at the Almedalen political festival at Visby, on Gotland island

A woman was stabbed to death on the Swedish island of Gotland, police said on Wednesday, at a political festivaltaking 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.

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.

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