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Hostage-taking in Sweden jail – inmates demand 20 kebab pizzas and helicopters

Eskilstuna (Sweden) – In the Hällby maximum security prison in Eskilstuna (120 kilometers west of Stockholm), two inmates with razor blades attached to toothbrushes overcame two prison guards and took them hostage.

The hostage-takers, convicted of murder, holed up on Wednesday afternoon with their victims – a man and a woman – in the prison guard room and covered the surveillance cameras. In the afternoon they made their first request to the police who had arrived: Deliver 20 kebab pizzas in exchange for a hostage!

▶ ︎ The second demand of the hostage takers: A helicopter to get you out of jail.

The police got involved in the pizza deal: “Aftonbladet” published a picture on Twitter in which police officers loaded boxes with the combination popular in Sweden into their patrol car in front of a pizzeria. An hour later, the hostage-takers receive the pizzas and distribute one to each of the 20 prisoners on the ward. Around 7 p.m. – around seven hours after the hostage situation began – they released one of their victims unharmed.

The second hostage was released around 9:30 p.m., the police said. A spokesman: “The two perpetrators have now been arrested and taken to the police station in Eskilstuna.”

Hostage-takers are brutal killers

According to “Aftonbladet”, the perpetrators are Isak Dewit (30) and Haned Mahamed Abdullahi (24).

Isak Dewit was sentenced to 18 years in prison for murdering a family man in 2016. With an accomplice, he fired 15 rounds from a pistol and a machine gun at his victim. Dewit is also convicted of drug crimes.

Haned Mahamed Abdullahi killed a 25-year-old in 2019 with more than 20 knife wounds in his apartment. He is also said to have hit his victim several times in the head with his fists and an iron bar. Abdullahi was sentenced to 18 years in prison and is to be deported afterwards.

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