Sweden acknowledges gang violence leaves one of the «worst weekends» ever

Archive – Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson. – Nicolas Maeterlinck/BELGA/dpa

Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson acknowledged Monday that gang violence has left one of the «worst weekends» in recent memory in the Nordic country.

Kristersson has regretted the wave of violence highlights the need to impose more and better measures to deal with this type of crime, which only in the capital Stockholm has left a score of violent episodes since the end of 2022 and two dead this weekend.

«We have to lock up the criminals» and «deport those who do not have Swedish nationality,» Kristersson told Swedish radio SVT, which reports that many of these attacks are motivated by hefty rewards offered by gangs to take down rival criminals.

«If there is a list, we can’t comment on it, but of course officers are working to rule out and prevent further crimes,» Stockholm Police spokeswoman Rebecca Landberg said, following images in which one shooter can be seen firing on another as if on a mission.

The suspect in the escalating violence in the Swedish capital is a 36-year-old man who goes by the alias ‘Kurdish Fox’ and is suspected to have fled to Turkey. The events have their origins in drug market disputes between his gang and that of another gang led by another 24-year-old man.