A man wearing a clown mask and a yellow outfit holding “something sharp” who scared an 8-year-old boy on his way to school, is wanted by the Swedish police.

Dangardt said the man also had red hair and a painted white face. The incident happened Thursday in Kumla, about 165 kilometres (105 miles) west of Stockholm. The Aftonbladet newspaper said the man is believed to be in his 20s.

Police spokesman Stefan Dangardt says a passing motorist saw what happened and honked his horn, enabling the boy to run away.

Two years ago, similar incidents were reported in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, leading to a Norwegian toy store chain to stop selling clown costumes in its 114 shops.

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