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Three injured in Malmö shootings

A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for the shooting of two men in Malmö as police continue to investigate two other shootings, all of which occured within two hours of each other on Tuesday night.

Three men were seriously injured in two shooting incidents, while no victims were reported for a third shooting, all which occurred within a two-hour period overnight in Malmö in southern Sweden.

Two men were injured from shots believed to be fired from an automatic weapon at around 12.30am on Wednesday morning in Malmö’s Lindängen district. A 19-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Both victims and the alleged assailant are known to the police from previous incidents.

“We’ve ascertained there was some sort of hostility or dispute of some kind that led to the shooting,” Malmö police spokesperson Lars-Håkan Lindholm told news agency TT.

The injured men, aged 22 and 29, managed to get themselves to an emergency room. One has a leg injury, while the other sustained injuries in the abdomen, but they are reported to be in stable situation.

Separately, police were called to a shooting of a parked car on Sufflörgatan in Malmö’s neighbouring Lindeborg district. No one was injured in the gunfire, which was discovered by the car owner a short while later.

In addition, a 28-year-old man who was shot in the back while at a bus stop remains in serious condition. The shooting took place earlier on Tuesday night while he waited for a bus on Malmö’s Eriksfältsgatan.

“His condition is is described as serious but stable,” said Lindholm.

The police do not see a link between the three shootings.

Last Monday, a 47-year-old man was shot at a bus stop in Malmö’s Augustenborg district. According to police, there were several aspects from Tuesday night’s bus stop shooting on Eriksfältgatan that were reminiscent of Monday shooting.

“It was one of the first things that struck us. There are many similarities between the two events,” Mats Attin of the Malmö police told newspaper Sydsvenskan.

A special task force within the Malmo police have been investigating a total of 13 cases of unsolved shootings, which has since been augmented by the two new incidents.

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PROTESTS

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.

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