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Trio kills dog after failed robbery attempt

Police in northern Sweden are on the hunt for three men who assaulted a dog owner and then kicked his pet dog to death, in what was reportedly a failed mugging attempt.

Trio kills dog after failed robbery attempt
File photo: Bertil Ericsson/TT

The attack took place on Thursday night in the municipality of Östersund when the man was out walking his dog. He was approached by three men who asked to borrow a cigarette lighter and a mobile phone. 

After refusing to hand over the items the man was pounced upon by the trio who beat him, kicked him in the head, and then kicked his dog repeatedly. The man alerted the police once the attackers fled the scene.

Officers found that the dog had been kicked to death. A large search operation was immediately deployed to try and hunt down the attackers.

Despite the manhunt the police have yet to find any witnesses and are appealing for anybody with information to come forward.

The dog's owner received several injuries in the attack but did not require hospital treatment. Police have classified the crime as assault and vandalism.  

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POLITICS

Sweden extradites suspected PKK terror group member to Turkey

Sweden has extradited a convicted member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to Turkey as Ankara presses Stockholm for further steps in return for its membership in NATO, state media reported on Saturday.

Sweden extradites suspected PKK terror group member to Turkey

Mahmut Tat, who was sentenced to six years and 10 months in jail for PKK membership in Turkey, fled to Sweden in 2015 but his asylum request was rejected.

Tat arrived in Istanbul on Friday night having been detained by Swedish police, the Anadolu news agency reported.

He was taken by Turkish police soon after arriving at Istanbul airport and referred to court on Saturday, the private NTV broadcaster reported.

Turkey has accused Finland and Sweden in particular of providing a safe haven for outlawed Kurdish groups it deems “terrorists”, and held back on ratifying their NATO bids despite an agreement in Madrid in June.

NATO ambitions

Finland and Sweden dropped decades of military non-alignment and sought to join NATO in May, after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The decision requires a consensus within the US-led defence alliance, but only Turkey and Hungary are yet to ratify their membership.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held trilateral talks with his Swedish and Finnish counterparts on the margins of a NATO meeting in Bucharest this week.

“The statements (coming out of Sweden) are good, the determination is good but we need to see concrete steps,” Cavusoglu said.

Ankara has said it expects Stockholm to take action on issues including the extradition of criminals and freezing of terror assets.

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