Gang crimes worry Swedish politicians

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has threatened new measures to tackle gang crime while Swedish Moderate party leader, Ulf Kristersson, slammed the surge in gun violence across the country.

The expressions by the political leaders follow an upsurge of cases of violence and shootings in the country including the recent attacks near Copenhagen and Stockholm city.

Kristersson said the current situation in the country is “extreme for a country that is not at war.”

A head of police’s national operational department, Mats Löfving, said : “The development is unacceptable. In many cases, military automatic weapons are used. We see a reduction in the number of those injured in firearm violence, but the killing does not go down.”

Officials said developments were akin to a country at war.

Tuesday morning, there were reports, police in central Växjö discovered a man who had apparently been injured after a gunfire fight.

No suspects have been arrested in the case.

Prime Minister Löfven, was quoted in the media as having condemned the weekend shootings saying that the government would look at new proposals this week to mitigate the continuing gun violence.

“We have tightened several penalties considerably, including the punishment for illegally holding weapons and explosives such as hand grenades. We have also given the police increased powers for, for example, camera surveillance and information collection,” he said.

Interior Minister Mikael Damberg, recently presented several new proposals to combat gun violence including tougher penalties for improper possession of explosive materials and new powers for customs officials to block packages suspected of containing weapons or explosives.

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