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Swedish prime minister lashes out after masked youth torch dozens of cars nationwide

Dozens of cars set on fire in co-ordinated arson attack in Gothenburg, Sweden

AUGUST 15, 2018

Swedish Prime Minster Stefan Lofven has voiced his anger after masked youths torched dozens of cars nationwide and attacked police in a night of mayhem.

The leader of the Scandinavian nation said he was “really getting mad” and vowed to come down hard on those responsible for what appeared to be an organised act of vandalism.

UP TO 80 cars were set on fire overnight across western Sweden by masked vandals, police said, in what they suspect was a co-ordinated attack weeks before a general election.

Most of the cars were burned at around 20 locations in Sweden’s second largest city of Gothenburg late Monday.

Authorities said two suspects aged between 16 and 21 have been arrested so far in Gothenburg and would be questioned on Tuesday

Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Lofven scolded the group on public broadcaster Swedish Radio.

“I’m furious. My question to (the perpetrators) is: What the hell are you doing?

“You’re ruining things for yourselves, your parents and your neighbourhoods,” Mr Lofven said, adding the incident “looked very co-ordinated, almost like a military operation”

 

 

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