Posted on September 15, 2023

Sweden Hit by ‘Unprecedented’ Levels of Gang Violence

AFP, September 13, 2023

Gang wars have brought an “unprecedented” wave of violence to Sweden, the national police chief has said, after a week of fatal shootings.


“There have recently been after on an unprecedented scale,” police chief Anders Thornberg told a press conference on Wednesday. “Several boys aged between 13 and 15 have been killed, the mother of a criminal was executed at home, and a young man in Uppsala was shot dead on his way to work,” he added.

The police chief said the perpetrators were often from abroad, but did not mention any nationalities.


The conflicts between the criminal gangs are costing innocent lives, said Thornberg. “Citizens are afraid, insecurity is increasing. And this at a time when we have raised our terrorist alert level in the country.”