COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Masked youths torched dozens of vehicles in a single day in Sweden and threw rocks at police, prompting an offended response from the prime minister, who denounced an “extraordinarily organized” night time of vandalism.
Police spokesman Hans Lippens mentioned Tuesday that preliminary reviews point out that about 80 vehicles have been set ablaze in a single day, mainly in Sweden’s second largest metropolis, Goteborg, and close by Trollhattan, an industrial metropolis.
Fires have been additionally reported on a smaller scale in Malmo, Sweden’s third largest metropolis.
In Trollhattan, northeast of Goteborg, the place a minimum of six vehicles have been burned, rocks have been additionally thrown at police and roads have been blocked. Goteborg is 250 miles southwest of Stockholm.
Lippens mentioned that as a result of the fires began inside a brief time period, “we can’t exclude that there’s a connection between the blazes.”
Images posted by Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet confirmed black-clad males torching vehicles on a parking zone close to Goteborg.
Sweden’s news company TT mentioned witnesses had seen “masked kids” operating away. No arrests have been made.
Lippens mentioned a number of youths that police met on the scene have been recognized.
“We have now spoken with them however we can’t conclude they began the fires. We even have spoken with their mother and father,” he advised native media. He was not obtainable for additional feedback.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven lashed out on the perpetrators, asking them: “What the heck are you doing?”
In an interview on Swedish radio, he mentioned he was “actually getting mad” and that “society should react in a troublesome method.” He mentioned the fires appeared to be “extraordinarily organized.”
No accidents have been reported. Nevertheless, the fires occupy police and rescue officers and frighten residents.
“You injury residential areas and destroy it in your neighbors,” Lofven mentioned.
“I’m speechless. This so horrible, it’s damaging and it’s pure evil,” Jonas Ransgaard, a member of the Goteborg Metropolis council, advised native day by day Goteborgs-Posten.