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Malmö family feud erupts again

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It doesn't exactly rival the 13-year-long Hatfield and McCoy feud that was planted in American lore back in the late 1800s, but a family in southwestern Sweden is making a run for it.

A 22 year old man was stabbed in a car on Tuesday evening, and several hours later police were called to the same area to investigate reports of shots being fired.

Both the stabbing and the shooting are thought to be part of a big family feud that has been going on for some time in Malmö, where several people have now been detained and convicted for separate assaults.

A mass of people arrived at the scene of the stabbing and shooting on Tuesday. Police took three young men suspected of being involved with the knife fight with them, but the chaos was just beginning.

Police sent in 12 patrol units and a secure van to try and calm things down. More shots were heard and objects were thrown at the house.

"We have also had reports that somebody was in the house and kidnapped two children," said Lennart Hornemark, police spokesman.

"They report each other for different crimes and tell a lot of stories about what the others have done. This is all just a bit crazy."

Seven people were arrested on Tuesday and others were detained. The 22 year old left the hospital after several hours, while police kept an eye out for more trouble.

When the two families met in Malmö district court last week, police were forced to take in 16 people after a machete, knives, iron pipes, and batons were found in cars outside.

A 56 year old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to shoot another man.

Police suspect the feud is rooted in an unsuitable marriage.

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