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Man held after Migration Board hostage drama

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14:53 CEST+02:00
A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after two people were taken hostage during an attempted break out at the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) detention centre in Ljungaskog in southern Sweden on Friday.

The 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and threatening behaviour after he barricaded himself in a room with two people who had been part of a demonstration outside the centre protesting deportations to Iran.

"The perpetrator has been arrested. One person is injured and has been taken to hospital in Ängelholm for care," Sofie Österhheim at Skåne police told news website DN.se on Friday afternoon.

Police were called to the detention centre at 11.20am on Friday after the man had seized the pair after they had entered the centre to talk to people threatened with deportation, according to the local Helsingborgs Dagblad.

The 44-year-old Iranian, whose four-year stay in Sweden was due to end with his deportation on Friday, eventually gave himself up shortly before 2pm after protracted negotiations. The man requested a lawyer and was later taken into police custody.

According to Fredrik Bengtsson at the Migration Board the demonstration, numbering 10-12 people, was authorized and had been planned in advance.

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