According to police, two women in their 50s died after being “subjected to violence” at a secondary school in Malmö, Sweden.
Officers say an 18-year-old student at the school has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
What happened was not immediately clear, but police said there were no reports of gunfire.
The two school employees were taken to the hospital by ambulance, but they were unable to be saved.
When the incident occurred, around 50 students and teachers were present, and police received reports of a “suspected serious crime” shortly after 17:00 (16:00 GMT) on Monday.
Two people were injured when emergency services arrived at Malmö Latin School, a large secondary school in Sweden’s third-largest city, according to police.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm that two people were killed in this terrible incident, and our thoughts are with their families and friends,” Malmö police chief Petra Stenkula said.
According to Swedish media outlets, the alleged attacker was armed with a knife and an axe. He allegedly dialed an emergency number and admitted to killing two people.
Police said they evacuated the school and searched the grounds, but found “no indication” of any additional perpetrators.
Police entered the school with their weapons drawn, teachers and students told local media, and ordered them to remain locked in their classrooms for several hours.
Several hours later, the school was still cordoned off with police tape, with numerous police cars and ambulances on the scene.
“This is absolutely terrible,” said headteacher Fredrik Hemmensjö, who added that the school had experienced “deadly violence.”
Officers stated that they were still investigating what caused the incident.
“Now we have a lot of work to do to figure out what happened and what the underlying motive was for this terrible event,” Malmö north police chief sa Nilsson said.
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