Two held following Solna shooting

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of shooting a 32 year old man dead in Solna, north of Stockholm, on Thursday evening. One of the men arrested is in his 50s while the other is in his 30s.

Both men were being questioned by police on Friday morning.

The victim was standing by his car when he was killed.

“He was hit by several shots,” said Marie-Louise Nilsson, at Stockholm police, to TT.

She explained that police had recovered a gun as well as ammunition which, they say, could be linked to the shooting.

There are several witnesses to the killing, which took place just before 8pm on Thursday, and police say that they were receiving tip-offs from the public throughout the night.

The murder victim, who was known to police, was said to be walking along the street when another man came up to him. They spoke, and then the second man shot him.

Police have not revealed the exact time of the arrests, and nor would they give an indication of what the suspects had said in their questioning.

“We still don’t have a theory about the motive,” said detective Gert Fredlin.

The forensic examination of the scene was concluded on Friday morning and the police cordon lifted. The gun and ammunition found near the scene is thought to have been used in the murder.

“But that is not certain,” said Fredlin.

TT/The Local


Swedish Green leader: ‘Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity’

The riots that rocked Swedish cities over the Easter holidays were nothing to do with religion or ethnicity, but instead come down to class, the joint leader of Sweden's Green Party has told The Local in an interview.

Swedish Green leader: 'Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity'

Ahead of a visit to the school in Rosengård that was damaged in the rioting, Märta Stenevi said that neither the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan, who provoked the riots by burning copies of the Koran, nor those who rioted, injuring 104 policemen, were ultimately motivated by religion. 

“His demonstration had nothing to do with religion or with Islam. It has everything to do with being a right extremist and trying to to raise a lot of conflict between groups in Sweden,” she said of Paludan’s protests. 

“On the other side, the police have now stated that there were a lot of connections to organised crime and gangs, who see this as an opportunity to raise hell within their communities.”

Riots broke out in the Swedish cities of Malmö, Stockholm, Norrköping, Linköping and Landskrona over the Easter holidays as a result of Paludan’s tour of the cities, which saw him burn multiple copies of the Koran, the holy book of Islam. 


More than 100 police officers were injured in the riots, sparking debates about hate-crime legislation and about law and order. 

According to Stenevi, the real cause of the disorder is the way inequality has increased in Sweden in recent decades. 

“If you have big chasms between the rich people and poor people in a country, you will also have a social upheaval and social disturbance. This is well-documented all across the world,” she says. 
“What we have done for the past three decades in Sweden is to create a wider and wider gap between those who have a lot and those who have nothing.” 

The worst way of reacting to the riots, she argues, is that of Sweden’s right-wing parties. 
“You cannot do it by punishment, by adding to the sense of outsider status, you have to start working on actually including people, and that happens through old-fashioned things such as education, and a proper minimum income, to lift people out of their poverty, not to keep them there.”

This, she says, is “ridiculous”, when the long-term solution lies in doing what Sweden did to end extreme inequality at the start of the 20th century, when it created the socialist folkhem, or “people’s home”. 

“It’s easy to forget that 100 to 150 years ago, Sweden was a developing country, with a huge class of poor people with no education whatsoever. And we did this huge lift of a whole nation. And we can do this again,” she says. “But it needs resources, it needs political will.”