Three migrants arrested after asylum seeker, 19, is killed when stabbed in the throat during brawl at refugee centre in Sweden
- The migrant was stabbed in the throat but died after being taken to hospital
- He had been involved in a brawl with fellow asylum seekers in Sweden
- Police say three suspects, all of whom are migrants, have been arrested
A 19-year-old migrant has died after being stabbed in the throat during a brawl at a Swedish refugee hostel.
Police say they are still investigating the motive for the killing but have arrested three suspects, all of whom are also asylum seekers.
They were alerted to the fight at the Stora Asylum Centre, just outside of the town of Lindesberg, some 100 miles west of Stockholm, around 5am this morning.
The teenager was stabbed in the throat during a brawl at the centre around 5am this morning
The stabbing occurred at a refugee centre outside of the town of Lindesberg, inland from the capital Stockholm.
Stefan Wickberg, a police spokesman, said: ‘We are still investigating the attack and its motive. We now have arrested three suspects whom we are questioning.
‘Asylum centres have been a problem for us and we have had frequent calls to sort out fights and other disturbances.
‘People in these centres live too close together and many of them come from war zones. It’s not easy for them to all get along.’
He added: ‘We now need to secure anything that can help us in terms of forensic evidence,’ The Local reported.
‘The second thing to do is gather information from various people. The third thing is to establish as accurately as possible who did what. Presumably they didn’t all hold the same knife.’
Police declined to release the nationalities of the casualty or the three suspects.
The victim was stabbed in the throat and rushed to hospital, but died shortly after his arrival, said police.
Two other murders have occurred at Swedish refugee centres this year.
In 2014, there were 148 incidents at asylum centres throughout Sweden and in 2015 that number jumped to 322.
Arson attacks targeting asylum shelters have also surged, with at least two dozen centres reduced to ashes or damaged by fire last year.
Sweden, like the rest of Europe, has been struggling with the continent’s biggest migration crisis since the Second World War.
A country of 9.8 million, Sweden took in more than 160,000 asylum-seekers in 2015, putting it among the EU states with the highest proportion of refugees per capita.
It has since tightened its asylum rules to curb the migrant flow.