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Five-year-old girl dead after Rosengård fire

UPDATED: A five year girl has died in hospital following a serious fire at a tower block in Rosengård, Malmö. Nine people, including six other children, were rushed to hospital as a result of the blaze.

Five-year-old girl dead after Rosengård fire
The blaze which broke out in an apartment block in Rosengård on May 10th 2014. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Both the girl and her mother were found on the sixth floor of the building in an apartment and were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. Despite attempts to save the girl's life, she died in hospital. Her mother's injuries are reported to not be life-threatening. 

Police sources said the mother and daughter were found in the apartment where the fire had started. 

The alarm was raised at 6:49am that a tower block was on fire in the area. Emergency services were quickly on the scene and evacuated the building, while fire fighters attempted to tackle the flames which had spread across the sixth floor. 

"The fire started in an apartment or on the apartment's balcony. After that it spread to the building's loft. But what caused it is still unclear," Mats Nilsson of the southern emergency services told the Expressen newspaper.

It took the firefighters several hours to control the flames and by 10am smoke was still smouldering from the building.

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An eyewitness told local newspaper Sydsvenskan that they awoke to hearing screams from the building. Several residents were rescued from the burning tower block, making their way down via a turntable ladder truck.

News agency TT reported that nine people were taken to hospital, with other media outlets speculating that the number was higher. Those hospitalized were suffering from smoke inhalation, while many others were treated at the scene. 

"It's about seven children and two adults. I don't have the exact injury situation but we have a patrol at the hospital," Marie Persson of the Skåne police told TT.

She added; "The other children and adults have suffered smoke inhalation but it should not be life threatening." 

The authorities are currently working to find temporary housing for the people affected by the blaze.

Police do not yet know what caused the blaze but haven't ruled out arson.

"It is too early to say," Persson told Sveriges Television (SVT).

Rosengård, which is four kilometres outside Malmö city centre, has frequently made headlines for crime and integration issues. It is also well-known for being where Swedish football superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic grew up.

The Local/pr 
 

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.

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