One man is stabbed to death and three others are injured in latest mass brawl between gangs at Swedish migrant centre
- One man killed and three injured in fight at asylum centre in Sweden
- Two groups of asylum seekers clashed while resolving an argument
- One man, in his 20s, has been arrested on suspicion of murder
- Up to 15 people were involved in the fight, all from the same country
Police have arrested a man in his 20s on suspicion of murder after the incident in Ljusne, near Soderhamn, central Sweden, on Saturday.
More than a dozen male asylum seekers were involved in the knife fight, which is believed to have started when one group from a nearby centre visited the other to resolve a previous argument.
The fight between the two groups had reportedly started in central Soderhamn a few weeks earlier, and the intention was to meet and ‘make peace’.
The men reportedly hail from Afghanistan, with one group living at an asylum centre in Soderhamn, and the other in Ljusne, less than ten miles apart.
‘It’s not a good thing to fight out on the town. We are all from the same country. So we wondered, “why should we fight?”,’ one of the injured men told HelaHalsingland.
He says around ten people living in Soderhamn went down to the Ljusne asylum housing on Saturday afternoon to meet with ‘five or six’ men who lived there to resolve the issue.
‘We did not want to fight, and I thought they would listen to us. But they were prepared with knives – in the end they had eight or nine knives,’ the unnamed victim told the paper.
‘I was stabbed in the back when I was helping one of my friends who grabbed the arm of one of the guys who had a knife. Then I was stabbed several times in the back, but my jacket protected me.’
Police were called to the scene and arrested one man after carrying out a raid on one of the flats in the asylum centre, and three more were brought in for questioning and later released.
According to Soderhamn Police, up to 15 people were involved in the brawl, all men believed to be in their 20s.
This is the latest in a number of violent incidents to take place at asylum seeker centres in Sweden this year.
One incident last month saw police run for their lives after being attacked by a mob of asylum seekers at a refugee centre in Vasteras, central Sweden.
More than a dozen male asylum seekers, all from the same country, were involved in the fight, which is believed to have started when one group from a nearby centre visited the other to resolve an argument.
Police had been called in to help with the relocation of a ten-year-old boy who had reportedly been ‘raped repeatedly’by other asylum seekers at the centre.
It came just days after followed the murder of social worker Alexandra Mezher, 22, who was stabbed to death at a refugee centre in Molndal, near Gothenburg when she stepped in to stop a fight.
Swedish police have demanded more resources to stem rising violence linked to the migrant crisis.
Police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg said last month: ‘These kinds of calls are becoming more and more common.
‘We’re dealing with more incidents like these since the arrival of so many more refugees from abroad.’
Sweden took in more than 160,000 refugees and migrants in 2015, more than any other EU country per capita.
However, the number of newcomers has dropped dramatically after compulsory border-control ID checks were introduced last month.