New preliminary figures released by the National Council for Crime Prevention reveals that an unprecedented 257 bombings took place in Sweden during 2019. That is a 60% increase in the number of attacks compared with 2018, which saw 162 bombings.
This means that during 2019, there was a bombing every 1.4 days.
Since 2017 we have seen around 630 explosions take place in Sweden.
Sweden has been hit with a surge of bombings, rapes, and shootings in the last decade, prompting the leader of the opposition Moderate party to comment.
“This government has lost control over crime in Sweden. We have seen in recent years how the number of fatalities has increased. Now bomb blasts are also increasing in a way that lacks international equivalence” said Ulf Kristersson.
To put the bombing crisis in Sweden into perspective, it has to be taken into consideration that Sweden is a small country with only 10 million inhabitants. If the number of explosions that happened in Sweden would have taken place in the USA, it would have equalled over 8300 bombings in one year.
Swedish police say that there are now 60 deprived areas in Sweden. These are areas with high levels of crime where gangs have gained much control. One such area is the infamous no-go zone Rinkeby where the 60 minutes crew were attacked.
The detonations consist amongst others of hand grenades and IED’s. The number of explosions is now so high in Sweden that it is unique in the world for a country that is not at war, according to the police.
However, bombings have recently started to spread to more well-off areas in Sweden. A week ago, a massive explosion caused extensive damage in central Stockholm. In the summer of 2019, a massive 15-20kg device detonated, injuring some 20 people and damaging same 250 apartments.
In 2018 the Swedish government announced a plan to get rid of the number of hand grenades on the streets of Sweden with a hand grenade amnesty. Police received a considerable amount of explosives during the amnesty, however most of the explosive likely do not originate from criminal environments said amnesty project leader Bengt Grönlund to TT.
The amnesty seem to have had little effect, as 2019 saw a record number of bombings.