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Suspect arrested in Sweden killing

A police officer stands guard outside the restaurant in Stockholm where a suspect in the slaying of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh was arrested.
A police officer stands guard outside the restaurant in Stockholm where a suspect in the slaying of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh was arrested.

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Police have arrested a 35-year-old man with a history of drug and violent crime in the killing of Sweden's foreign minister, Anna Lindh. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports (September 17)
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (CNN) -- Police say they have arrested a 35-year-old man with a history of drug and violent crime in the killing of Sweden's foreign minister, Anna Lindh.

Authorities said the man was captured Tuesday night in a restaurant near the Rasunda soccer stadium in Solna -- the same Stockholm suburb where Lindh was taken to hospital after she was stabbed last week.

The man's name has not been released, and police have not confirmed he is the same man seen in surveillance video recently made public.

The state news agency TT said the man had 18 convictions ranging from fraud to theft to threatening police officers. The news agency also quoted police as saying the man had problems with alcohol and cocaine.

Police had given the man psychiatric tests last year but found he was not mentally disturbed, the news agency said. The man had no steady address and was considered a drifter, TT said.

The man has not yet been charged, the agency said. But by law police are allowed to hold a suspect for 48 hours without bringing charges.

The arrest came hours after police issued an warrant for the suspect and put out a nationwide alert in an effort to track him down.

The warrant was issued as police completed a profile of the suspect and circulated it to law enforcement officials in Sweden and abroad. Details of the profile were not made public.

Lindh was stabbed in the chest, arm and stomach while shopping at the upscale NK department store last Wednesday. She died the following day.

A picture of a man seen on the store's surveillance video has been widely distributed. The man's image matches witness descriptions of Lindh's attacker, police have said. Cameras did not record the attack.

Investigators said they were also aided by items left at the crime scene, including the weapon used to kill Lindh and a dark blue hat and sweatshirt similar to the ones seen on the man in the video.

Swedish authorities have been under intense pressure from the public and media to make an arrest.

Lindh's death has rekindled memories of the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme in Stockholm in 1986. His murder has never been solved.

Swedish politicians typically travel without bodyguards in their home country. (Full story)

The attack also cast a shadow over last weekend's referendum on whether Sweden should adopt the euro.

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Police would not confirm whether the man seen on surveillance video is their suspect.

Voters rejected the single European currency in Sunday's vote by a 14-point margin, 56 to 42 percent, with 2 percent of ballots ruled invalid. (Euro rejected)

Lindh, 46, a mother of two and one of Sweden's most popular politicians, had been at the forefront of the campaign for a "yes" vote for the euro. (Profile)

Officials have revealed that Lindh received threatening correspondence after writing an article setting out reasons why she believed the country should replace the krona with the euro.

But police say they do not believe her murder was politically motivated.

-- CNN Correspondent Robyn Curnow contributed to this report


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