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Officials called to parliament after fires

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Officials called to parliament after fires
Sweden's parliamentary justice committee wants answers from security chiefs in the wake of the suspect fires. Photo: TT
11:07 CET+01:00
The head of the Swedish Security Service, Säpo, and the national police commissioner have been called to appear before a parliamentary committee in the wake of a string of fires at refugee shelters.

Anders Thornberg of Säpo and Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson will report to the justice committee of the Swedish parliament after five suspected arson attacks on refugee accommodation in less than a week.

“We need to act after these heinous attacks and get a overall picture of the security situation and what our state of preparedness is,” Roger Haddad, a member of the committee from the Liberal People's Party (Folkpartiet), told the TT news agency.

“We cannot assign people and children to this housing which is at risk of being set on fire by people who don't want them there,” he added.

The committee also wants to get clarity on whether there are political motives behind the attacks or whether they are arranged by organized crime groups.

Concerns over the safety of refugees in Sweden have grown after the series of fires. The latest suspicious blazes happened on Friday night, following more than a dozen similar attacks since the start of the year.

Sweden expects to receive up to 190,000 asylum applications this year -- putting it among the EU states with the highest proportion of refugees per capita.

Support for the far-right has grown as Sweden's ability to house and integrate the new arrivals comes under increasing strain.

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