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This category of crime was not even logged prior to 2017. Then, in 2018, there were 162 explosions and in the past two months alone the bomb squad have been called to almost 30. "Bangers, improvised explosives and hand grenades" are behind most of the blasts, says Linda H Straaf, head of intelligence at Sweden's National Operations Department.
"This is a serious situation, but most people shouldn't be worried, because they are not going to be affected."
"It's very new in Sweden, and we are looking for knowledge around the world," says Mats Lovning, head of the National Operations Department. For criminologist Amir Rostami, who has researched the use of hand grenades in Sweden, the only relevant comparison is Mexico, plagued by gang violence. "This is unique in countries that pretty much don't have a war or don't have a long history of terrorism," he says.
Police say the criminals involved are part of the same gangs behind an increase in gun crime, often connected to the drugs trade. Sweden saw 45 deadly shootings in 2018, compared with 17 in 2011.
Swedish police do not record or release the ethnicity of suspects or convicted criminals, but intelligence chief Linda H Straaf says many do share a similar profile.
"They have grown up in Sweden and they are from socio-economically weak groups, socio-economically weak areas, and many are perhaps second- or third-generation immigrants,"
But Malin Bradshaw believes crime levels are more to do with income and social status.
Did Swedish media hush it up? Another important layer of this story is how it has been covered by Swedish media. After last month's trio of attacks in Stockholm, public broadcaster SVT was accused of a leftist cover-up for leaving the story out of a main evening news programme. "I think that they have not done a great job... I feel like they're trying to shrink the news," argues writer Mira Aksoy.
"The problem is that Sweden is used symbolically as proof of problems with immigration, proof of problems with leftist policies - unfairly in many cases," he argues.
"They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible."
I have Swedish friends I play golf with.. they are not very complimentary of the government's immigration policies nor the new arrivals and the crime that seems to be a daily occurrence .. There are those saying there is going to be a civil war..
originally posted by: F2d5thCavv2
a reply to: MarioOnTheFly
I hear Volvo is having problems keeping their professionals in country (fed up with the situation). It would not surprise me to see a diaspora of sorts emerging from Sweden in the next couple of decades.
Gang violence against other gangs.
just a sign of the times.
Are you concerned about violence in non-“socialist” countries or areas?
originally posted by: GreenGunther
And why do they always rape kids?
It’s like the muslim religion predisposes you to becoming a pedophile..
Shall we do a study?
originally posted by: UpIsNowDown
a reply to: GreenGunther
All pedophiles and rapists are scum, desrving of a slow and painful death, not a study I would like to do, if you do your study make sure you catch everyone, none deserve any mercy
Alleged rapist 'hid in tree to evade police
whether they are from Rotherham or Harrow, lock them up together and dispose of the key