Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

In six cities in Sweden have burned nearly a hundred of cars

In six cities in Sweden have burned nearly a hundred of cars

Up to 80 cars were set on fire overnight across western Sweden by masked vandals, police said Tuesday, in what they suspect was a coordinated attack weeks before a general election.

"Because the fires started very close together in time, we think they have in some way used their phones, but now we haven't found an online site or forum showing this", Brehm said.

Local newspaper Goteborg-Posten noted police in recent days have been active in pursuing drug dealers in Frolunda, a suburb of Goteborg where of some the fires took place. Sweden's news agency TT said witnesses had seen "masked youngsters" running away.

"Usually when we have widespread incidents of torched cars, it's usually related to social unrest", Gerell said.

The violence echoed rioting by hundreds of youths in Stockholm and some of its poorer suburbs in 2013, sparked by the police killing of a 69-year-old man wielding a machete in a suburb of the capital, which prompted accusations of police brutality.

Police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg said Wednesday that the man in his 20s was arrested a day earlier as he tried to enter Turkey. More suspects likely could be detained.

According to preliminary data, in Gothenburg burned at least 88 machines and the fires were located in 20 different areas, said the coordinator of emergency services in this city.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven lashed out at the perpetrators, asking them: "What the heck are you doing?"

No injuries have been reported.

Lofven says in a Swedish radio interview that he is "really getting mad", adding that "the society must react in a tough manner". In Trollhattan, about 40 young people in masks set fire to cars and attacked the police, pelting them with stones.

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