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How Sweden became the epicenter of gun deaths in Europe

  • Norberto Paredes @norbertparedes
  • BBC News World

Police near the site of an apparent attack on a school in Sloev, southern Sweden, on August 19, 2021.

Image source, Getty Images


Sweden has recorded more than 180 shootings so far this year.

In early August three people were seriously wounded in a daylight shooting near a shopping center in Kristianstad, southern Sweden.

The previous month, a policeman had been shot while on patrol in a suburb of Gothenburg, the second largest city in the country.

A few days after that event, which had already shocked Swedish society, two hooded men broke into a barber shop in the same city to shoot him ten times to a young client, before fleeing.

These are just three of the more than 180 shooting incidents the police have recorded so far this year.

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