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Christmas unrest in Stockholm suburb

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13:37 CET+01:00
For the second night running unrest broke out in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta. A massive police presence managed to gain control of the situation in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

The Local reported on Tuesday that the fire service had come under attack from stone-throwing youths in the predominantly immigrant-occupied area of Tensta in north west Stockholm on Monday evening.

When police units arrived at the scene youngsters were found to have set fire to car tyres, rubbish bins and a skip.

Jannes Hedlund at Stockholm county police described Tuesday's rioting as in principle a repeat of the events of the night before.

"Among other things they had set fire to a skip and thrown a Molotov cocktail at a police vehicle," Hedlund said.

The police were prepared for the possibility of renewed unrest and had deployed eight specially trained units to the area. Hedlund said that he believed that similar preparations were in force for any potential trouble on Christmas Eve.

Several cars were also set alight in Vårberg in southern Stockholm, although local police were not connecting the incidents to the unrest in Tensta.

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