Swedish cop's car blown up, as violence rises against police

Swedish cop's car blown up, as violence rises against police

A Swedish police officer's personal car exploded outside his home early Monday (Feb 6) in an attack, authorities said, as they expressed concerns over rising violence against law enforcement officials.

Dan Eliasson Sweden chief of police

STOCKHOLM: A Swedish police officer's personal car exploded outside his home early Monday (Feb 6) in an attack, authorities said, as they expressed concerns over rising violence against law enforcement officials.

"Each time a member of the judiciary or the Swedish police is subjected to threats or attacks, it is one too many," Swedish chief of police Dan Eliasson said in a statement.

No one was injured in the attack, which occurred just after midnight in the leafy Stockholm suburb of Taby.

Although the Nordic nation has a relatively low crime rate compared to the rest of Europe, physical violence against police officers has surged by 65 per cent in one year with 86 cases reported in 2016, according to government figures.

"There are more threats and violence against the police than before with the purpose of silencing and pacifying the police," a senior police union representative, Emma Cronberg, told TT news agency.

"This is awful. Organised crime is smothering democracy and people's futures," Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told daily Aftonbladet.

No arrests have been made and police have not attributed the blast to organised crime networks.

The identity of the police officer has not been publicly disclosed, though his name has circulated on the internet.

The address where the explosion occurred is the same as that of a police officer who works in Sweden's fourth largest city Uppsala battling narcotics and trafficking.

The incident recalls previous attacks in recent years against Swedish law enforcement officials.

In 2007, a bomb detonated outside a prosecutor's house in the western Swedish town of Trollhattan.

The prosecutor was investigating a gang called the "Wolfpack Brotherhood" and the incident prompted heightened security for 800 prosecutors across the nation.

In 2015, a grenade was thrown near a police van carrying four officials in southern Stockholm. An investigation is still on-going.

Explosives have also increasingly been used in gang wars linked to organised crime.

Source: AFP

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