A large gang of young men armed with rocks and fireworks attacked Swedish police during a riot on Sunday night.
According to officials, approximately 30 youths went on a rampage in the Kronogården district of Trollhattan which has a large immigrant population. Rioters destroyed a bus shelter and assaulted police with rocks so large they disabled a police car.
An eyewitness reported to the newspaper Nyheter Idag, “They attacked police and the guards inside the area, in Kronogården. It was preceded by two powerful explosions. I thought, ‘This is no firecracker, these are some bombs that have gone off.’ Those were real f***ing bangs, two around twenty minutes apart.”
Police officer Goran Carlbom said that officials received a call shortly after 7 p.m. about a gang of youths causing a disturbance in the area. “There was a call regarding young people who fired rockets. Then it escalated to the shooting at a bus shelter,” Carlbom said.
The riot continued until after 10 p.m., with officers struggling to gain control over the incident. To date, none of the youths involved in the violence have been arrested and no injuries have been reported.
The destructive rampage is reminiscent of the much larger riot that occurred in February in the “No-Go Zone” of Rinkeby in which multiple vehicles were burned by residents of the heavily migrant-populated Stockholm suburb. The Rinkeby riots were incited by the arrest of a local youth, but the motivation behind Sunday’s Trollhattan riot remains unknown.
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