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Sweden Security Report – May 2018


In Stockholm two grenade related incidents were recorded. A hand grenade was handed into a police station in Farsta on 26 May leading to the station being locked down as experts deactivated the device.

A suspected hand grenade was also found near a villa in Ingarö on 15 May with another controlled detonation carried out by police. A man reportedly armed with a helmet, bulletproof vest and replica or real firearm attempted to attack a police station in Täby on 26 May.

The man shouted to police that he had a suicide belt and was shot and injured. Intelligence Fusion has recorded multiple incidents involving attacks on police stations or property by criminal groups. Grenades, arson or IED attacks have been the most common tactic used to target police stations. Full details of these can be viewed by subscribers.

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A series of political demonstrations occurred in Stockholm starting with May Day protests on 1 May and culminating in an Alternative for Sweden Party election rally at Biblioteksgatan on 26 May. Large brawls between gangs of youths over the month were also reported in the centre of the city as well as a woman stabbed in Sergels Torg on 4 May 2018.

A series of armed robberies and shooting incidents were concentrated in the north west of the city in the vicinity of Husby, Rinkby and Spånga. Arson attacks on vehicles were mainly reported in the south of the city.


Gothenburg witnessed an increase in shooting incidents compared to previous months although criminal activity in Biskopsgården was subdued throughout the month compared to previous reporting periods.

The majority of the shooting incidents were drive-bys of residences and individuals on the street.

These are thought to be related to organised crime and associated turf wars in the city between gangs and rival ethnic groups.

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Far right NMR members clashed with members of a May Day trade union rally on 1 May and the Social Democrats held a rally in Gustav Adolf Square. A series of burglaries of businesses and assaults were also concentrated within the centre of the city.

Three police officers were also injured during a car chase near Lindholmsallén on 9 May. Arson attacks on vehicles decreased this month as well as grenade and firecracker attacks.

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