Is mass immigration turning Sweden into a warzone?

Yesterday a 60-year-old man died after picking up an object which exploded at Varby gard station in Huddinge, a southern suburb of the Swedish capital Stockholm. The object, which was believed to have been a hand grenade detonated killing the man and injuring a 45-year-old woman. The authorities said that they did not believe that the attack was terror related and there was no indication that the couple were targeted. I read this small news story on the BBC News online. What struck me as relevant is that there was absolutely no mention of what many of us know. That bomb, grenade and gun attacks have become so common in Sweden today that this event is of hardly any surprise.

Sweden in the last couple of years or so has seen a rash of grenade attacks and bombing incidents that barely get a mention in the mainstream media. Over the course of October and November of last year, there were 12 bombing incidents in Sweden over a 24-day period. These attacks included a bomb attack on a police station in Malmo, on an apartment complex and a car bombing. On November 2nd a bomb detonated outside The Babel Nightclub, destroying the front entrance. In this rash of attacks, very few if any people were injured. Now this spate of continuous bombings has claimed the life of an innocent bystander just going about his daily business. I, as are many Swedes are asking why this is happening. What has caused a Scandinavian nation which regularly tops polls as one of the happiest places to live in the world to descend into small scale warfare?

This spate of bomb and grenade attacks has increased in frequency since 2014, but this phenomena seems to have been taking root before then. While finding documented evidence of grenade and bomb attacks in Sweden I found that from 1993 there had been a few incidents, but they seemed to be the exception rather than the rule. Back in 1993 a man from Azerbaijan held 82 people hostage with two hand grenades at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. And between 2002 and 2006, 4 hand grenades were detonated under cars around the Gothenburg area. A local chapter of the Bandidos biker gang, led by Mehdi Seyyed was believed to be responsible. Seyyed was sentenced to 9-years in prison for the attacks back in 2006.

In 2008, the first warning signs of what was to come became visible around the city of Malmo, Sweden’s 3rd largest city. Between 2008-2011, there were 22 bomb attacks in Malmo. In 2013, Malmo continued to see bomb attacks. On 9 June, a hand grenade exploded in a garbage shed on Ramels väg, damaging several cars. Then on 14 September, two people were hospitalised after a hand grenade exploded at Köpmansgatan. Finally on 9 November, a device exploded in the stairwell of an assembly building in Norra Grängesbergsgatan. It is from 2014 onwards when the attacks began to increase in frequency. In 2014 there were 12 reported incidents involving hand grenades in Sweden, all of which took place in the city of Malmo. Another interesting thing I found is that the targets all varied in location. The attacks seemed to take place everywhere from public buildings such as courts, to restaurants, nightclubs and residential buildings.

In 2015, 27 hand grenade attacks were reported across Sweden. Of these 27 attacks, 18 of them took place in Malmo. This is the year which saw a real escalation in violence of this kind across Sweden. Again, these attacks ranged from indiscriminate locations as well as attacks seemingly targeted against individual. In 2015, locations of these attacks included residential buildings, nightclubs and even the Modern Museum in central Malmo.

In 2016 the attacks continued across Sweden. Worryingly, the attacks seemed to have now spread out of its original enclave of Malmo and encompasses a larger geographical area. This is also the year in which the first fatality connected to these incidents tragically occurred. Sweden saw another 27 grenade attacks in 2016, of those 27 attacks only 4 took place in Malmo. Other hotspots began to emerge across Sweden for this kind of attack. 3 attacks took place in Botkyrka, which is a municipality in Stockholm County, not far from the capital. 3 attacks also took place in Landskrona which is in the Scania province which is on the shores of Øresund. 3 attacks took place in Uppsala, Sweden’s 4th largest city and 4 in Gothenburg.

Gothenburg saw what is believed to be the first fatal grenade attack in August 2016. An 8-year-old boy Yuusuf Warsame from Birmingham, England was killed when a grenade exploded in an apartment in Biskopsgården in the city. The heinous killing of Yuusuf Warsame is believed to have been connected to a feud between members of Gothenburg’s Somali community. This attack is believed to have been in retaliation to something referred to as the 2015 Gothenburg pub shooting. One of the suspects in that case was registered as living at the address. The Gothenburg pub shooting at the Vår Krog & Bar in Biskopsgården saw one man die when two gunmen entered the pub and began shooting indiscriminately. The motive behind this attack has been touted as being linked to immigrant gangs who are fighting for control of the local drug trade. Police spokeswoman Ulla Brehm was quoted as saying that the attack could have been gang related and was not terror related.

2017 has seen an even larger increase in attacks of this kind, and even though the official statistics for last year have not been released, it is believed that 2017 is set to be the worst year on record for these type of incidents. So now we come to the why. Why is this happening in Sweden? Many people have stated that Sweden’s lax immigration laws have contributed to this and the combination of the 2015 migrant crisis has only contributed to this. Is there any evidence to be found in this claim?

Looking back over Sweden’s past immigration figures, a correlation can be found with the increase in attacks such as these and new arrivals into the country. The first warning signs of attacks such as these surfaced in Malmo, beginning back in 2008 when between 2008-2011 there were 22 hand grenade attacks in the city. Official immigration statistics show that between 2008 and 2016 Sweden has seen 481,005 first time asylum applicants. Many of these migrants have arrived from the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. This influx, equivalent to a 5 percent population increase does seem to coincide with the uptick in bomb and grenade attacks inside the country. While trying to find recent immigration statistics for other cities which have been plagued by these attacks has been difficult, statistics for Malmo do offer more credence to the claim that immigration has contributed to this rise in attacks.

In the last census which was conducted back in 2011, it was found that 43 percent of the residents of Malmo had a foreign background (135,509 residents.) The Middle East accounted for most of these foreign born residents, followed by the Horn of Africa and former Yugoslavia and Denmark. In Sweden it has been announced there are now 55 “no-go zones” in the country. A report from the back in February 2016 stated that since the influx of migrants during the 2015 crisis, Sweden has been battling a huge surge in crime such as sex assaults, drug dealing and serious physical assaults. I have reported on incidents such as the phenomena of “taharrush jamai” or “group sexual assault” in Arabic, which is becoming more common in Europe. It was recently reported that it was found that migrants who entered Germany during the height of the crisis have been responsible for a 10 percent rise in crime in the country.

Finding figures from Sweden is notoriously challenging. When it comes to crimes such as these the demographics of the perpetrator are rarely released. But going on the evidence I have gathered there is a clear pattern to be seen between the recent influx of migrants into the country and the rise in bomb attacks. Before 2008, attacks of this kind were rare. Gangs have always fought for control of underground businesses but the dynamics of the Sweden problem appear to be slightly more complex. Migrants entering a new nation will more likely than not be towards the bottom of the financial ladder. If these particular people have come from a nation where lawlessness prevails, they will be more susceptible to taking up arms in the murkiest corners of the underground economy. On top of that, many of these people come from places where tribal, cultural and religious differences have been fought over for generations. Just because they enter Europe does not mean they immediately remove the cultural shackles that have bound them for centuries, even millennia. These internecine battles between different religious, cultural and ethnic groups are now being played out on the streets of Sweden. Add to that easy access to weapons from fallen Baltic states, the recipe for disaster Sweden is facing is no mystery, it is purely demographics.

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