View Full Version : Kista shooting linked to gang crime: police

03-09-2017, 04:07 PM
Police are stepping up their work to crack down on gang conflicts in the Stockholm area, after two men previously known to officers were shot dead in the Kista suburb last night.

There are currently 12 ongoing gang conflicts in the Stockholm area, reported news agency TT from a police press conference on Thursday to update the media and the public after Wednesday's shooting.

"We have had a large number of serious crimes and shootings in Stockholm recently. In the past few days we've had five murders in Stockholm. Of course it is alarming and very serious," regional police chief Ulf Johansson told reporters.

Although deadly violence in Sweden has gone down in the past couple of decades, the number of gang-related shootings is up. Stockholm police are currently investigating 47 murders and 57 attempted murders. So far this year the capital has seen 17 shootings, with seven deaths and 14 people injured.

Six of the gang conflicts are in the area south of Stockholm and six north of the city