(JTA) — Police in Denmark arrested a man suspected of stabbing a Jewish communal leader in Sweden.
The arrest Wednesday followed the issuing of a warrant for the suspect’s arrest for attempted murder on Tuesday in Helsingborg in southern Sweden, the Helsinborgs Dagblad reported.
The victim, a woman in her 60s, sustained critical injuries and is in stable condition in hospital. The reports about the arrest did not offer additional information on the suspect.
The daily on Tuesday reported unattributed information that the incident “seems to be an act of insanity where the woman was randomly targeted.” But the same report also said that he is wanted for attempted murder – suggesting the assumption of criminal responsibility.
According to Swedish news site The Local, the woman is a prominent member of the Jewish community of Helsingborg. Her wounds are considered life threatening.
Another member of the Jewish community said, “We don’t know if it’s a coincidence or if the attack has something to do with her being active in the congregation.”
“We are deeply shocked,” he added. “It’s a really wonderful and helpful person who has been subjected to this tragic event.”
Police stated that they had not yet determined if the attack was motivated by antisemitism. A police source was quoted as saying, “That is something we are analyzing right now.”
Guards were stationed outside the city’s synagogue by the police in response to the incident.