Just five years after the country welcomed refugees with open arms, criminal clans from the Middle East, north Africa and the Balkans are behind soaring crime rates in their once peaceful cities, police say, with 257 bombings and more than 300 shootings last year.
In one extraordinary incident in August, Gothenburg’s most notorious crime family, the Ali Khan gang, set up roadblocks in the northeast of the city, shining torches into cars to hunt for members of a rival mob.
Police broke up the checkpoints and made 20 arrests. But in a move that was seen as symbolic of Sweden’s ‘soft touch’, the suspects were released because prosecutors decided they hadn’t broken the law.
In an exclusive interview, Erik Nord, Gothenburg’s chief of police, told MailOnline: ‘These criminal clans have a completely different culture that makes them very difficult to tackle with normal police methods.
‘We need more police and our courts and prisons need to be reinforced to deal with this situation urgently. Otherwise we will turn into a gangsters’ paradise.’
The country’s Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, has consistently refused to admit that migrants are behind the increasing violence. But as the situation spirals out of control, police officers are breaking their silence.
‘Two years ago, if people linked immigration to crime as I am now, they would be accused of being racist,’ Mr Nord said. ‘But the paradigm is shifting.’
Sweden is an easy mark for violent gangs:
Last month, the country’s deputy chief of police, Mats Löftving, identified 40 mafia clans who had come to Sweden ‘solely for the purpose of organising and systemising crime’. …
‘When I look at this family [the Ali Khans], roughly 60 out of the 120 individuals are over the age of 15. About 40 of them are male, and over 30 have criminal records.’
Ali Khan’s grandson Osman, 20, who has convictions for drugs offences and assault, and who was involved in a fight that sparked a feud with the rival Backa Gang that led to the roadblock incident
He added: ‘The types of crime that the Ali Khans are known for are murder, extortion, serious violations of a woman’s integrity, physical abuse, unlawful threats, drug crimes and unlawful possession of weapons.’ …
There has also been a spate of ‘humiliation robberies’, in which young victims are mugged, degraded and raped, mainly by migrant youths.
Traditional crime rings such as the Hell’s Angels, which controlled organised crime in the country for decades, are running scared.
So left wingers feel good about themselves by letting in lots of refugees, and society is left to deal with the awful consequences.
What will Sweden be like in 100 years? Will their Islamic Middle Easterner “refugees” have become more like the Swedes of yore, or will Sweden be more like the Middle East?