Three stabbings within hours in Malmö

Three men were stabbed within hours of each other in separate incidents in the southern Swedish city of Malmö overnight. It’s just the latest spate of violence to hit the city this summer.

Three stabbings within hours in Malmö
A Swedish police car. File photo: Mikel Fritzon/TT

On Tuesday night a man in his 20s was stabbed in the chest area and in the back by one or more people on Hyllievångsvägen.

After the stabbing, the man attempted to run to the hospital. He managed to go a few kilometres before being picked up by someone in a private vehicle.

Just a few hours later, at 12:20am, another man, also in his 20s, was stabbed in the back and arm near Augustenborgstorg.

He was taken in an ambulance to hospital where he underwent surgery during the night.

“But the prognosis is good,” Matts Attin from Malmö police told TT.

Less than an hour later a third man in his 20s was stabbed in the arm in connection with a robbery on Köpenhamnsvägen.

“He was threatened with a knife and forced to withdraw 10,000 kronor from an ATM,” Attin said. “After the leaving the money he was stabbed.”

Police have not received any indications that there is any connection between the incidents. No one has been arrested for the knife attacks.

Police said that two of the stabbings have been classified as attempted murder.

Malmö, which is Sweden’s third largest city, has been rocked by a series of violent incidents in recent weeks, including numerous shootings and explosions.

Earlier in July four grenade attacks were reported in under a week.  

Police said they believed the attacks were linked to a case which saw three young men sentenced for their roles in a bombing in the Rosengård area – which has a reputation for violence and gang related crimes – on Christmas Eve.

“This is about a few people who are having a dispute with one another and are in a spiral of retaliation,” Malmö police chief Stefan Sintéus said after the fourth attack.

Later that month, concerns were raised that police staff shortages in the city were putting the public at risk, as around a third of the 705-strong Malmö force were on holiday.  


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime