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Sweden makes new push to solve premier's 1986 murder

Olof Palme attends a colloquy organized by French Socialist Party during a visit to Paris, on January 23, 1983
File picture from January 23, 1983 show Swedish premier Olof Palme during a visit to Paris. More than 100 people have answered a new police appeal for leads into the 1986 murder of Palme, according to the Swedish TT news agency.

More than 100 people have answered a new police appeal for leads into the murder of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme 27 years ago, the Swedish TT news agency reported Saturday.

The police on Thursday, the anniversary of the premier's death, opened a telephone line for information about the case, prompting dozens to come forward, some for the first time, the news agency said.

The officer in charge of the case, Dag Andersson, said "some of these testimonies are interesting" for the investigation, according to TT.

"We will study them and determine what are the new pieces of information and those which have not been verified," he was quoted as saying.

Palme was shot dead by a lone gunman on the evening of February 28, 1986, shortly after leaving a cinema in central Stockholm to walk home with his wife Lisbet.

The murder has never been solved despite hundreds of thousands of leads over the years.

Sweden in 2010 scrapped its 25-year statute of limitations on murder, and the investigation continues.

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