Suspected stabber of Jewish woman in Sweden nabbed in Denmark

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — Police in Denmark arrested a man on Wednesday suspected of stabbing a Jewish communal leader in Sweden the previous day.

A warrant for the suspect’s arrest for attempted murder had been issued Tuesday in Helsingborg, in southern Sweden, the Helsinborgs Dagblad reported.

The victim, a woman in her 60s, sustained critical injuries and is in stable condition in the hospital. The reports about the arrest did not offer additional information on the suspect.

The daily on Tuesday reported unattributed information that the incident “seems to be an act of insanity where the woman was randomly targeted.” But the same report also said that he is wanted for attempted murder – suggesting the assumption of criminal responsibility.

Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, meanwhile linked the assault to anti-Semitism when he wrote in a statement that it “reminds us that we cannot rely on fading memories of the Holocaust to keep today’s Jewish communities safe.”