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Police say attacker who stabbed 2 to death at Swedish school had racist motive

  • People light candles and lay flower tributes outside the school Thursday afternoon where a masked man stabbed four people Thursday Oct. 22, 2015, in Trollhattan,  Sweden. A knife-wielding masked man stabbed four people Thursday at a school in southern Sweden, killing one teacher and a student before being shot by police, authorities said. (Adam Ihse/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT

    People light candles and lay flower tributes outside the school Thursday afternoon where a masked man stabbed four people Thursday Oct. 22, 2015, in Trollhattan, Sweden. A knife-wielding masked man stabbed four people Thursday at a school in southern Sweden, killing one teacher and a student before being shot by police, authorities said. (Adam Ihse/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, right, talks to local people near the school Thursday afternoon where a masked man wielding what looked like a sword stabbed four people Thursday Oct. 22, 2015, in Trollhattan, Southern Sweden. A knife-wielding masked man stabbed four people Thursday at a school in southern Sweden, killing one teacher and a student before being shot by police, authorities said. (Adam Ihse/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT

    Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, right, talks to local people near the school Thursday afternoon where a masked man wielding what looked like a sword stabbed four people Thursday Oct. 22, 2015, in Trollhattan, Southern Sweden. A knife-wielding masked man stabbed four people Thursday at a school in southern Sweden, killing one teacher and a student before being shot by police, authorities said. (Adam Ihse/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • People stand outside Kronan school after Thursday's attack, in Trollhattan, Sweden, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. It was a racially motivated, carefully planned rampage, police say. The 21-year-old masked man marched through a Swedish school with a sword and a knife, methodically selecting his victims. Within minutes, two people had been stabbed to death and two others seriously wounded before the attacker was fatally shot by police. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall/TT News Agency via AP)  SWEDEN OUT

    People stand outside Kronan school after Thursday's attack, in Trollhattan, Sweden, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. It was a racially motivated, carefully planned rampage, police say. The 21-year-old masked man marched through a Swedish school with a sword and a knife, methodically selecting his victims. Within minutes, two people had been stabbed to death and two others seriously wounded before the attacker was fatally shot by police. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall/TT News Agency via AP) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

Police say the attacker who stabbed two people to death at a school in Sweden before being shot and killed by police had a racist motive.

Police on Friday labeled the stabbing in the industrial town of Trollhatan a so-called hate crime, based on discoveries they made when searching the perpetrator's home, the way he dressed, his behavior at the scene and the way he selected his victims.

They said that "all together, this gives a picture that the perpetrator had a racist motive when he committed the crimes at Kronan school."

A 21-year-old masked man, who has not been identified by police, entered the school in southern Sweden Thursday and stabbed four people, two of which died, before he was shot by police. He later died of his wounds.

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This story has corrected the spelling of the school's name to Kronan.