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Gothenburg police warn of gang war

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18:51 CET+01:00
Police in Gothenburg are warning that two rival gangs are engaged in warfare there. The warning comes after a spate of shootings in the city.

The head of Gothenburg's criminal investigation department, Klas Friberg, said shots fired at a parked car in the Brunnsbo area of the city on Tuesday could be linked to gang violence. Nobody was hurt in the shooting, but at least one shot entered a nearby home.

Friberg said it was unclear whether an attack on police helicopters at Gothenburg City Airport on Tuesday was linked to other shootings in the city.

The three helicopters are believed to have been shot at from outside the airport perimeter. Staff arrived at the hangar on Tuesday morning to find all three helicopters damaged.

Friberg said he did not know whether there was a link between the helicopter shooting at shots fired at a police station in Partille, near Gothenburg, on Sunday night.

Police in Gothenburg are drawing on help from the National Criminal Investigation Department and other national resources, Friberg said. He added that extra resources were being allocated to the Alcatraz Project, which has been set up to combat gang crime in the Gothenburg area.

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