Gang violence is about drugs : Police Chief

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Police have said the gang violence in Sweden will likely to persist in the coming years despite efforts by government and police to stop it.

Chief of Police Anders Thornberg, said there were efforts to stop the violence but it may take time.

He was quoted as saying : “This may continue for five to ten years in these particularly vulnerable areas.”

The police boss said the shootings, according to their investigations, were linked to drug trafficking.

“It’s about drugs too. Drugs are deeply rooted in the community and it is ordinary people who buy them. There is a market, and the gangs are fighting for it. Much is about drug trafficking,” he was quoted as saying.

He said it was everyone’s responsibility in Sweden to stop serious crime.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has pledged to stop violence in the so-called “vulnerable areas.”

At least 11 people have been killed in Stockholm due to shootings this year alone while 23 people have been shot dead in the first half of 2019 exceeding last year’s record.

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