A community in western Sweden is in shock after a masked man with a sword killed a teacher and a pupil at a school.
A pupil and a teacher were also seriously injured.
The attacker was shot by police and later died from his injuries.
The alarm was raised at the school in Trollhatten, an industrial town 75 kilometres north of Gothenburg.
The black-clad suspect appears to have posed for photographs with pupils before embarking on his murderous rampage.
“We thought it was a joke, a Halloween prank or something, but it wasn’t,” said one girl. “Lots of pupils started to cry when the teachers and the other pupils were injured.”
The search for a motive
Police have not given any details of a possible motive for the attack.
The attacker’s social media sites have been examined and suggest an interest in neo-Nazi ideology and memorabilia, it has been claimed.