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Gang crime escalates in Sweden

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More and more violent crime and gang crime in Sweden: police officers are at the place where a man was found shot dead in Solna near Stockholm on Friday.

Shots are fired, explosive charges detonated, and time and again, bystanders are hit: a brutal war between rival gangs keeps Sweden in suspense. In the Stockholm area alone, five violent crimes occurred within a few hours. One man was killed, officers found the victim with gunshot wounds. “Gang crime is escalating,” said Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (59) on Saturday at SVT. “These are people with an extreme potential for violence who, in search of revenge or status, threaten the safety and freedom of others.”

Kristersson’s new government has vowed to end the gang violence that Sweden has been grappling with for years. In 2022, there were 388 gun incidents in the EU country, and 61 people died. The police seem to have lost control. Since 2015, the clear-up rate for deadly attacks has dropped, in 2022 only every fourth act led to a conviction. As a result, the gangs consider murder to be risk-free, said criminologist Amir Rostami. The criminals are becoming more and more brutal.

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