Incident Summary:

10/22/2015: An assailant armed with a sword attacked students and teachers at the Kronan School in Trollhattan, Vastra Gotaland county, Sweden. At least four people, including two teachers, one student, and the assailant, were killed and another student was wounded in the incident. The assailant, identified as Anton Lundin-Pettersson, claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that he was opposed to the immigration policies in Sweden.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Vastra Gotaland


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Kronan School
Specific Description Primary and Middle School
Nationality of Target Sweden
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A sword was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Immigrant extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Swedish police say school sword attack 'a hate crime'," Al Jazeera, October 23, 2015.
"Sword-wielding man launches attack in Swedish school," CNN, October 22, 2015.
"12/5/2015: World: Racist school attack in Sweden claims third victim," Hindustan Times, December 4, 2015.