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Gains Reported in Palme Investigation

July 31, 1986|Associated Press

STOCKHOLM — Swedish police Wednesday reported important progress in their investigation of the February slaying of Prime Minister Olof Palme, but they refused to disclose details.

Leif Hallberg, a spokesman for the investigation, told a reporter that detectives are "nearing a point of certainty" in the case.

"We have a pretty good picture of the slaying but we need to get the picture more in focus," Hallberg said in a telephone interview. "Heavy work remains that may take weeks and perhaps months."

Palme was shot in the back on a downtown Stockholm street as he and his wife walked home from a movie theater the night of Feb. 28.

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