I waited on this story to learn more information but it seems my instincts were correct – Islam!
These men were “asylum seekers” in Sweden and this is sadly an all too common narrative, with significant crime occurring at the hands of guests to this country and many others across Europe.
Here’s the initial report:
Two people have been killed and one has been seriously injured in a knife attack at an IKEA store in Sweden.
The attack took place in the city of Vesteras, about an hour west of the capital Stockholm, Swedish media reported on Monday.
Police said they received a call reporting injuries at the IKEA store about 1:00pm on Monday (local time).
They found three stabbing victims in the kitchenware department.
“We found a man and a woman who had knife injuries and who later died of their wounds,” Vastmanland police said in a statement.
A man aged around 35 was seriously injured.
He immediately underwent surgery at local hospital, spokeswoman for the regional health care authority Eva Lindahl said.
The police said two suspects had been arrested over the attack.
One of the suspects was arrested at the scene and the second, who was seriously injured, was picked up at a hospital a few hours later, commanding police officer Per Agren said at a press conference.
How the suspect was injured was not clear.
The suspects were two men born in 1992 and 1979 who probably knew each other, Mr Agren said.
They had no connection with the victims and the motive for the attack was not known, he said.
The victims had been shopping at IKEA and were known to each other, police said.
Police said they had yet to establish a motive for the killings.
Local daily VLT, quoting the store manager, reported the victims were “ordinary shoppers” and the attack took place in the store’s kitchen accessories section.
These guys couldn’t find a “motive” if it hit them in the face!
Perhaps the reason people have to seek asylum from the Middle East is because of men like this, who murder you as you try to buy furniture – only this time, the murderers slipped through.
It gives some credit to those who demand tight border security, doesn’t it?!
Here’s the consequent fallout:
Police in central Sweden have increased security at asylum lodgings, fearing a backlash after two Eritrean asylum seekers were detained on suspicion of murdering two people at an IKEA store.
A man and a woman were killed in a knife attack at an IKEA store in the city of Vasteras on Monday.
Two suspects were detained by police, one of whom was seriously injured.
One suspect has denied involvement, while the other is hospitalised. Both had been staying in the same asylum centre, police said.
Police said there was no evidence of any political motive. The victims did not have any connection to their attackers, police said.
“Local police across the region have been tasked with taking these measures, to be there for safety purposes for everyone there – those who work there and those who live there,” Vastmanland police spokesman Per Agren told Sweden’s TT news agency, referring to asylum centres in central Vastmanland county.
Sweden has been one of Europe’s most generous recipients of asylum seekers. In 2014, it received 81,200 applicants, 13 per cent of the total in the European Union.
The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who in 2010 took seats in parliament for the first time, have become the third-biggest party, arguing that record numbers of asylum seekers are undermining the country’s cherished welfare model.
The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention said this week the number of suspected hate crimes — attacks motivated by the victim’s religious, sexual or racial identity — hit a record level last year.
In one of the latest incidents, two homeless migrants were shot at as they slept in a car in the northern Swedish town of Boden last week.
It’s interesting that the reference at the end there to the “number of suspected hate crimes — attacks motivated by the victim’s religious, sexual or racial identity — hit a record level last year” seems to suggest that it’s the immigrants who are the victims when it’s actually the native Swedish female population who are being raped because they are white.
Even though these asylum seekers have murdered people, the ABc can’t help but turn the blame back on the Swedes – that sounds a lot like racism to me, and from the left, defenders of racial justice in all the cosmos!
God is clear that we should be merciful to the alien and the foreigner and indeed, Sweden has a massively generous welfare system and immigration policy that makes it very easy for people to escape the hellhole of the Middle East and find safety in beautiful and peaceful Scandinavia.
At the same time, wisdom says that opening your borders to anyone is a dangerous game. While I am not claiming this to be a direct parallel, at least consider the foolish actions of king Hezekiah in Israel:
“At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been sick. And Hezekiah welcomed them, and he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say? And from where did they come to you?” And Hezekiah said, “They have come from a far country, from Babylon.” He said, “What have they seen in your house?” And Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.” Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the Lord. And some of your own sons, who shall be born to you, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?”” 2 Kings 20:12-19 ESV
Hezekiah was exploited and even when he is told of coming disaster, he is unmoved because he won’t be there to deal with the coming catastrophic consequences.
That sounds a bit like the West’s lax approach to Islam – even now we are being terrorized in our own nations but still they claim that we just need to be even nicer and Muslims will come around to secularism. Certainly, many do but a vast number equally disdain our freedom in the West because to them, Islam and sharia are “freedom”.
One day, when the Muslim populations have grown in the West, we might find our temple being plundered and perhaps that generation (which is closer than people seem to think) will look back at the leftist, open-the-border Marxist types of our generation as the dangerous, short-sighted fools that they are.
As Christians, we can show love and welcome to Muslims and many will come to Christ, glory be to God, but what’s happening here is bigger than individuals – it’s the next phase of the clash of cultures.
It took many wars and stern determination by the church of medieval Europe to hold off the invading Islamic forces then and I don’t see that same constitution in the West today.
Jesus still wins and he rules over all but I would prefer to live in peaceful times rather than during a world war. How about you?