| 6 December 2023, Wednesday |

Two dead in Sweden restaurant shooting, police see possible gang links

Two people were killed and two others were injured in a shooting late Thursday at a restaurant in eastern Sweden, which police said appeared to be part of an intensifying spiral of violence among criminal groups.

Sweden has been rocked in recent years by a surge of shootings and explosions that has accelerated in recent months to become an almost daily occurrence.

Police on their website said several people were taken to hospital following the shooting at a restaurant in the small town of Sandviken 190 kilometres north of Stockholm, and that two had died from their injuries.

“We are investigating the connections to the shootings we have had in the past in Sandviken and also to the recent spiral of violence,” police spokesperson Magnus Jansson Klarin told Swedish news agency TT.

“It probably has links to the criminal environment, but I can’t say which grouping it would be about,” he said.

Jansson Klarin said police suspected one of the dead was the target of the attack, while the other three struck were likely random unintended victims.

  • Reuters