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Police Commissioner’s Wife Attacked, Threatened

April 9, 1986

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Two men attacked the wife of Police Commissioner Hans Holmer while she was jogging unguarded near her home, police said today. A newspaper reported the men were masked and carried knives.

Holmer is heading the hunt for the killer of Prime Minister Olof Palme, 59, who was gunned down on a Stockholm street Feb. 28.

Ingrid Holmer lost consciousness during the attack, but was not seriously injured, Stockholm newspapers reported. It was the second confirmed attack against her.

Mrs. Holmer, 42, was jogging Tuesday night on a dirt road in the woods near her home in the southern Stockholm suburb of Huddinge when two men threatened her and pushed her into a ditch, said Harry Hedlund, a criminal inspector with the Stockholm police.

Hedlund told The Associated Press the two men ″threatened the police commissioner through her.″

He would not disclose the wording or nature of the threat. Hedlund also declined to comment on whether police believed the attack was linked to the investigation of the Palme assassination.

The Aftonbladet newspaper, citing an unidentified local police source, said Mrs. Holmer told a policemen the attackers toted knives and had their faces covered with black scarves. Before losing consciousness, she heard the attackers drive away in a car, the newspaper reported.

Hedlund would not comment on the report.

The police commissioner did not comment on the most recent attack.

Holmer said earlier that his wife was approached and threatened last Thursday by a tall Swedish-speaking man on a Stockholm street. She was not injured.

Newspaper reports at the time said the man’s description matched a composite portrait police made of a suspect called ″The Shadow,″ who according to witnesses tailed Palme repeatedly before the assassination.

Mrs. Holmer was guarded by police after the first incident, but her bodyguards stayed at the Holmers’ house when she went out jogging Tuesday night, newspapers reported.

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