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CRIME

Restaurant bomb linked to gang vendetta

A violent bomb explosion at a restaurant in Lund, southern Sweden, early on Thursday is thought to have been gang-related.

Restaurant bomb linked to gang vendetta

The bomb exploded in the Och Bar restaurant near Mårtenstorget square in the early hours of Thursday morning, causing widespread damage.

The eatery’s facade was damaged and several panes of glass were shattered in the blast. The restaurant was closed at the time and there have been no reports of any injuries.

Police believe the bomb was an act of vengeance for the attempted murder in June of a 20-year-old gangster in Malmö, south Sweden.

According to newspaper Sydsvenskan, the bomb could be one in a series of revenge attacks. It has also been connected to a shooting in Malmö on Wednesday, when a 22-year-old man was shot several times in a moped drive-by.

The victim of that attack managed to escape uninjured although his car was damaged by gunfire.

Police commissioner Tony Pallon told Sydsvenskan that there was a definite correlation between the bomb explosion and the shooting incident.

The shooting incident is allegedly part of an ongoing feud between two rival criminal gangs, which culminated in the attempted murder of a 20-year-old man in June.

According to Sydsvenskan, both brothers had had a dispute with the 20-year-old.

However, the brothers deny having anything to do with his murder. Speaking to Sydsvenskan, one of the brothers said he had heard of the bomb in the restaurant, but had not been to see the scene.

The other brother lives upstairs from the restaurant and was at home when the bomb went off at 3am on Thursday morning. He was not injured and was one of the first to be questioned by police.

So far police have no information on how strong the explosives were, nor what type of explosive was used.

HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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