Police attacked in Sweden riots

Several Stockholm suburbs experienced a fifth night of unrest with youths damaging a police station and schools.

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Fifth night of violence in Swedish capital

There were reports of incidents in several Stockholm suburbs with youths damaging a police station and schools.

Several fires were started across Stockholm. Credit: RTV

Although quieter than previous nights, eight arrests have been made in connection to disturbances related the police station incident in which people tried to start a fire at the station in Alvsjo in south Stockholm. They had also broken nearby shop windows.

In Tensta, near Husby in northwestern Stockholm where the violence started on Sunday evening (May 19), a fire bomb was thrown into a school building. The fire was quickly put out. Later, the emergency services were called to a another fire at a kindergarten school in Kista, also near Husby.

Shop windows were smashed in a fifth night of unrest. Credit: RTV

Since Sunday, hundreds of youths have torched cars and attacked police in immigrant suburbs of Sweden's capital.


Torched cars and attacks on police in Stockholm

Several Stockholm suburbs experienced a fourth night of unrest on Wednesday with youths setting fire to cars and throwing stones at police and fire fighters.

Violence started in Husby in northwestern Stockholm on Sunday evening with cars torched and police attacked in the suburbs of Sweden's capital.

The riots spread from Husby to other poor Stockholm suburbs as groups of youth pushed through the streets throwing stones, breaking windows and setting cars alight.

One police officer was injured in the latest attacks and five were arrested for attempted arson.

Local media said a police station office was set on fire in the southern suburb of Ragsved, where several people were also detained. No one was hurt and the fire was quickly put out.

The riots appear to have been sparked by the police killing of a 69-year-old man wielding a machete in the suburb of Husby this month, which prompted accusations of police brutality.

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