Bombings and Explosions Up 45% in Sweden This Year
Compared to the same period from January to July in 2018, the occurrence of explosive incidents and bombings in Sweden sky-rocketed 45 percent this year.
Statistics revealed by authorities show that Sweden saw 120 explosive events, whereas that same number from 2018 was only 83. Different sources report different numbers for the entire length of 2018. According to paper Dagens Nyheter, 157 explosions took place across the country in 2018 while the Crime Prevention Council BRÅ reported 108 instances of destruction via explosion last year.
The numbers differ but all of the organizations agree that 2019 has seen a rise in bombings.
Criminologist Sven Granath detailed on the explosions, explaining:
“Yes, unfortunately, it has increased. Why we do not know, this may be due to the increase in gun violence at the national level. In individual locations, there may be one or more conflicts between criminal networks, but it is very difficult to know.
“You can really only speculate. It may be stolen from a building site and sold, or maybe smuggled in,” Granath continued, noting that investigators never know for certain what materials were used in the explosions or what their origins were.
According to police, the nature of explosions has shifted in recent years. At one point, hand grenades were more common but now dynamite, stolen from construction sites, has become the new norm.
Experts claim that the explosions are likely linked to organized crime and could be increasing due to stricter regulations on firearms in Sweden.
Sweden’s southern city of Malmö has been faced with a high number of explosion cases in the last several years with 58 cases in 2017, 45 last year, and 23 so far this year. Notably, the city saw three explosions in the span of just 24 hours earlier this year.
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