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Police arrest three over slain Malmö teen

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Police arrest three over slain Malmö teen
10:47 CEST+02:00
Three teenagers have been arrested in Malmö, in southern Sweden, under suspicion of the murder of 15-year-old Ardiwan Samir in the Rosengård district on New Year's Eve.

“We are happy that the police have arrested them, but it isn't going to bring Ardiwan back,” said his cousin Catrin Fadhul, to daily Aftonbladet, when she heard of the arrest.

According to the police, all the suspects are under 18 but over 15 years old. A warrant had been issued for their arrest a few days ago and they were brought in by police on Monday morning.

All three are under suspicion of murder or accessory to murder, according to a police statement.

Samir died shortly after arrival at the hospital after having sustained gunshot wounds to the head and chest while out enjoying the fireworks.

Despite a number of revellers being out and about at the time of the shooting, it was initially difficult for investigating officers to find witnesses willing to come forward to discuss the incident.

”We have interrogated a large number of people in this case. Motives have been investigated. We have now arrested three people and they have been taken to the police station at Davidshall,” said Bertil Isberg of the police during a police press conference on Monday.

The murder, the fourth to be committed in Malmö over the course of a month, was followed by two additional shootings in a wave of violent crime that hit the city.

There were also several demonstrations in Malmö against the growing violence in the area following the incidents, one of which was held in connection to the funeral of the dead 15-year-old.

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