Building bombings and 14-year-old hitmen, organised crime overwhelms Sweden


In less than 15 years, Sweden has gone from being one of the world’s safest countries to having the highest rate of gun homicides in the entire EU (double that of Croatia, the second highest) and a number of explosions — by bombs or by hand grenades — that is comparable to some countries at war.

Gun crime statistics improved slightly in 2023 from the previous year, which set record numbers (391 incidents and 62 deaths). However, there were also 149 explosions, 66% more than in 2022.

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Source: El Pais News