“We suspect more than one perpetrator was involved,” said Mats Karlsson, deputy police chief in Malmö, at a press conference on Friday morning, but added that the investigation is still in its early stages.
It is the fourth attack in two months following a similar pattern – one woman attacked outside by more than one person, and police have called in a national group specializing in criminal profiling.
The group will look at if the attacks could be connected, however police do not necessarily suspect that they are. “We see no direct links, but we are not ruling anything out,” Karlsson told journalists.
“We need to treat these types of crimes with caution. It’s a person who has been through something deeply traumatizing,” he added, saying a lot of resources have been allocated to the investigation.
The woman, who is over 18, was able to get home and called the police shortly before 1am.