The Afghan migrant behind a mass stabbing spree in the small Swedish town of Vetlanda admitted in court that he carried out the attack because an interaction with an atheist earlier that day had angered him.
The 22-year-old Afghan testified in court on Wednesday, with the aid of an interpreter, claiming he was in poor mental health before carrying out the attack. He then described the interaction he had had that day at the train station, which he said had triggered him.
“A person I didn’t know said God doesn’t exist,” the 22-year-old told the court, according to Swedish broadcaster STV, and added: “This person made me angry.”
After the encounter, the Afghan said that he went home to pick up a kitchen knife with the intention of returning to the station to kill the atheist and then end his own life.
Instead, the Afghan stabbed seven people