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Swedish Police Arrest Suspected Serial Sniper

Sweden's chief prosecutor Solveig Vollstad speaks at a press conference at police headquarters in Malmo announcing the arrest, 7 November 2010

Swedish police have arrested a 38-year-old man suspected in a year-long shooting spree targeting people with immigrant backgrounds in the southern city of Malmo.

Police and prosecutors, speaking on national television Sunday, said the man in custody is suspected of one murder in October 2009 and seven attempted murders in the year since that killing.

Authorities did not identify the suspect, who was arrested at his home Saturday and has denied involvement.

The victims, nearly all with immigrant backgrounds, were shot at bus stops, storefronts and in automobiles.

Several weeks ago, police said they were investigating whether a lone gunman with racist motives was behind the attacks.

The shootings triggered panic among many of Malmo's nearly 300,000 residents, along with comparisons to a racist sniper currently serving a life prison term for a similar set of shootings in the early 1990s in Stockholm.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.