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Man charged with police officer stabbing sympathises with IS and previously attacked Swedish minister

The 25-year-old stateless Palestinian is charged with attempted murder

The attacker was waiting for a deportation after his asylum application had been rejected (photo: iStock)
September 30th, 2015 9:17 pm| by Lucie Rychla
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The 25-year-old stateless Palestinian man charged with attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of a police officer at the Sandholm asylum centre early on Tuesday morning may sympathise with the jihadist group Islamic State.

READ MORE: Suspect arrested after police officer is stabbed multiple times at Sandholm asylum centre

Furthermore, he was known to PET as he attacked the former Swedish justice and immigration minister Morgan Johansson with a fire extinguisher earlier this year.

It is believed he is mentally unstable. However, because the attack wasn’t planned, the Swedish intelligence agency Säpo released him and he then travelled to Denmark.

Due to be deported
The suspect was staying at the Sjælsmark deportation centre, which is located near the Sandholm asylum centre, the location of the stabbing incident.

According to TV2, he first came to Denmark in 2013 and then returned this year to apply for asylum. His application was rejected and he was awaiting  deportation.

The 56-years-old police officer was on his way to Sandholm to deport two other refugees, when the Palestinian attacked him and stabbed him three times in the stomach.

The officer was immediately transported to Rigshospital in Copenhagen where he underwent surgery. He is reportedly out of danger now.