Swedish police: 2 arrested in IKEA stabbings were asylum-seekers

Police say two asylum-seekers have been arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing at an IKEA store in Sweden
Police say two asylum-seekers have been arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing at an IKEA store in Sweden

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  • One of those arrested was injured, according to police
  • Those killed were a 55-year-old woman and her 28-year-old son
  • Sweden is seen as welcoming toward asylum-seekers

(CNN)One day after two people were stabbed to death inside a Swedish IKEA, police in that Scandinavian country arrested two men in connection with the crime -- both of them asylyum-seekers from Eritrea.

Swedish police said both men lived in a facility for asylum-seekers in a Swedish town called Arboga, which is about 35 miles (55 kilometers) southeast of where the fatal stabbings took place in Vasteras.
    The victims were a 55-year-old woman and her 28-year-old son, according to police.
    A third person -- who police spokesman Per Agren said was one of the two men arrested -- was severely injured.

    Sweden: nearly 40,000 asylum decisions last year

    With its high per-capita income, Sweden is a popular destination for asylum-seekers. It helps, too, that it is a relatively welcoming one.
    The fatal stabbings took place in Vasteras, about 65 miles northwest of Stockholm.
    According to Eurostat, the statistical arm of the European Union, in 2014 Sweden made initial decisions on nearly 40,000 asylum applications -- the third-highest number of any country in the EU.
    More than three-quarters of those decisions were approvals, Eurostat reported.
    The stabbings took place Monday in Vasteras, which is about 65 miles northwest of the capital, Stockholm.