SWEDEN: In Södertälje, just west of Stockholm, there has been rioting two nights in a row. Immigrant Muslim youths are throwing powerful bangers at police, attacking public transport, burning garbage and tires in the streets. The gangs also try to lure rescue personnel into traps so that they can attack them. Cars are set ablaze. So far 150 cars have been burned in Södertälje this year without anyone being arrested or suspected.
There have been similar incidents in a number of Swedish suburbs lately, and it is increasing.
Immigrant youths are leading the effort to transform Swedish suburbs into something reminiscent of dysfunctional civil war zones, where people are afraid to go out at night and immigrant gangs ravage.
Saturday night police were alerted that a bus had been subjected to stone throwing in Hovsjö in Södertälje. In addition, powerful firecrackers, known as “bangers”, were thrown at the bus, reports Aftonbladet.
The bus driver was sitting inside and he is not injured, said Mats Almquist, police officer in Stockholm, which is also responsible for Södertälje.
When police arrived at Hovsjö center to investigate, car tires were burning nearby. Rubbish and tires had been spread across the streets and lit on fire. Firemen were called to extinguish the fires.
– Then they threw bangers at us. It can certainly be harmful enough, says Almquist.
A banger is a small explosive device primarily designed to produce a large amount of noise, especially in the form of a loud bang, but as it actually explodes, obviously it could create injuries.
Yesterday, youths tried to set a trap for emergency personnel by collecting garbage and put it on fire. But the emergency personnel realised what was about to happen just in time and turned around.