Sweden pub shooting kills two, police says terror link unlikely

Police said the shooting happened inside a restaurant called Var Krog och Bar, which means "our tavern and bar" in Swedish. 

Last Updated: Mar 19, 2015, 16:51 PM IST
Sweden pub shooting kills two, police says terror link unlikely

Stockholm: At least two people have died and several injured when unidentified men wielding automatic weapons barged into a bar and started firing in  Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city, reports said.

The incident occurred late Wednesday night at a restaurant called Var Krog och Bar, which means "our tavern and bar" .

According to witnesses, two men carrying automatic weapons entered the bar and started shooting at several people.

Though so far, just two fatalities have been reported, the death toll could rise, the local media quoted police as saying.

The incident came on a day when there was a terror attack on a Tunisian museum that killed 19, mostly foreign tourists.

However, suggesting that the attack at Swedish pub was not related to terrorism, police spokeswoman Ulla Brehm pointed that the shooting happened in the Biskopsgarden suburb of Gothenburg and the neighborhood has a history of gang violence.

She said it was too early to speculate on the motive but said there were indications that the shooting was gang-related.

"There is absolutely nothing that indicates terrorism," Brehm said.

Brehm said at least two people were killed at the scene and several others taken to a hospital.

One witness told Swedish broadcaster SVT that two men entered the restaurant and started shooting with automatic weapons.

"I didn't have a chance to think about what happened. Then I saw that my friend was bleeding. I tried to stop the bleeding as well as I could with my hand," said the witness, who didn't give his name.

Police said the shooting happened inside a restaurant called Var Krog och Bar, which means "our tavern and bar" in Swedish. According to its website, the restaurant opened in 1995 and also has a sports bar and a night club that's open on Fridays and Saturdays.

On Jan. 30 a man was wounded in a shooting on the square outside the restaurant. It wasn't immediately clear whether the shootings were linked.

Gun violence is not uncommon in Sweden's major cities, though shootings in public places with multiple victims are rare.

"The problems are the same here in Sweden as internationally," Brehm said.

With Agency inputs