Dozens of 🚗Cars Set on 🔥Fire in 1⃣ Night in 🇸🇪Sweden📹

Around 80 cars were set on fire and a further 40 vandalized in the city of Gothenburg in western Sweden on Monday night, according to Hans Lippens, police spokesman for the country's western region. It is not unusual for such attacks to take place in Sweden in the week before schools reopen after the summer holiday, Lippens said, but "the current count and level of damage is unprecedented."

A smaller number of cars were also burned or vandalized in the capital Stockholm, the nearby city of Uppsala and the town of Falkenberg, close to Gothenburg, according to Swedish media. The attacks mostly took place inside so-called high-risk areas that are characterized by high unemployment and low school attendance, Lippens said. Of the 23 high-risk areas identified by police in Sweden, seven are in Gothenburg.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in an interview on Swedish radio Tuesday that the violence seems very organized, almost like a military operation. Crime and unemployment are key issues in Sweden ahead of the federal election in September. An eyewitness saw about eight to 10 masked people in a parking lot smashing car windows with baseball bats.


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