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Woman and boy slain in Linköping double murder

A 15-year-old boy and a woman were found dead in Ljungsbro in eastern Sweden on Saturday with a 33-year-old man in custody on suspicion of two counts of murder.

Woman and boy slain in Linköping double murder
Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix
A further man was injured in the killing spree.
 
The 33-year-old has been arrested on probable cause for the two deaths, according to a details released in a news conference at police headquarters in nearby Linköping on Saturday afternoon.
 
"The evidence suggests that there is a person who is feeling unwell, a form of mental illness," Jan Staaf, the officer leading the investigation, said.
 
Police were alerted to the area at around 2am on Saturday after reports of  "shouting and screaming" in the street. A woman called the police to say that a man was in her basement, in the company of two teenage boys. The man is thought to have left one of the boys behind, taking the other with him as he left the cellar. 
 
A woman and a man in the vicinity responded to the commotion and went to investigate. A fight ensued, and the boy and woman were killed. The man was left nursing injuries.
 
"It seems that she may have fallen victim to the perpetrator as she tried to protect the boy," press spokesman Thomas Agnevik told the Expressen daily.
 
The man was arrested not far from the scene of the suspected double murder. Police confirmed that the suspect is a known offender.
 
A preliminary hearing has been held, but police would not go into what was said or how the man has responded to the suspicions against him.
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"Both the suspect and some of the victims have been traumatized. We are taking one thing at a time and will talk to the suspect in due course," Jan Staaf said.
 
Staaf confirmed that there are around 100 officers in Linköping working on the case.

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Swedish Green leader: ‘Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity’

The riots that rocked Swedish cities over the Easter holidays were nothing to do with religion or ethnicity, but instead come down to class, the joint leader of Sweden's Green Party has told The Local in an interview.

Swedish Green leader: 'Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity'

Ahead of a visit to the school in Rosengård that was damaged in the rioting, Märta Stenevi said that neither the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan, who provoked the riots by burning copies of the Koran, nor those who rioted, injuring 104 policemen, were ultimately motivated by religion. 

“His demonstration had nothing to do with religion or with Islam. It has everything to do with being a right extremist and trying to to raise a lot of conflict between groups in Sweden,” she said of Paludan’s protests. 

“On the other side, the police have now stated that there were a lot of connections to organised crime and gangs, who see this as an opportunity to raise hell within their communities.”

Riots broke out in the Swedish cities of Malmö, Stockholm, Norrköping, Linköping and Landskrona over the Easter holidays as a result of Paludan’s tour of the cities, which saw him burn multiple copies of the Koran, the holy book of Islam. 

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More than 100 police officers were injured in the riots, sparking debates about hate-crime legislation and about law and order. 

According to Stenevi, the real cause of the disorder is the way inequality has increased in Sweden in recent decades. 

“If you have big chasms between the rich people and poor people in a country, you will also have a social upheaval and social disturbance. This is well-documented all across the world,” she says. 
 
“What we have done for the past three decades in Sweden is to create a wider and wider gap between those who have a lot and those who have nothing.” 

 
The worst way of reacting to the riots, she argues, is that of Sweden’s right-wing parties. 
 
“You cannot do it by punishment, by adding to the sense of outsider status, you have to start working on actually including people, and that happens through old-fashioned things such as education, and a proper minimum income, to lift people out of their poverty, not to keep them there.”

This, she says, is “ridiculous”, when the long-term solution lies in doing what Sweden did to end extreme inequality at the start of the 20th century, when it created the socialist folkhem, or “people’s home”. 

“It’s easy to forget that 100 to 150 years ago, Sweden was a developing country, with a huge class of poor people with no education whatsoever. And we did this huge lift of a whole nation. And we can do this again,” she says. “But it needs resources, it needs political will.” 
 
 
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