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Sweden has a problem – 630 bombings in 3 years

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During the last few years I have been reporting on what has been happening in Sweden. By now, many have probably heard about the rape crisis in Sweden.

According to official statistics there has been 23 420 reported rapes in the last 3 year, with 8 350 just in 2019!

But what many don’t know is that Sweden has a very serious problem with bombings.

In fact, there has been a whopping 630 explosions in Sweden during the last 3 years.

No, I am not making this up. These are official numbers from Swedish police and the National Council for Crime Prevention, BRÅ.

In 2017, there were 211 explosions investigated by police.

In 2018, there were 162 explosions in Sweden.

In 2019, there was a massive 257 explosions that took place in Sweden.

So in other words, there were a total number of 630 explosions in Sweden in the last 3 years alone.

This is a staggering number, and is completely unprecedented.

Even Swedish police have admitted that the number of explosions in Sweden is so high, that it is unique for a country that is not at war.

You have to put into consideration that Sweden is in fact a small country. We only have about 10 million inhabitants. How would this look if the same thing happened in a county like the USA?

Doing the math, if the number of explosions that happened in Sweden would have taken place in the USA, it would have equaled over 8 300 bombings in just one year!

Now let that sink in for a minute. The army would have been in the streets to prevent this from happening. But what is Sweden doing?

Well, Sweden did have a hand grenade amnesty, where criminals could hand over their explosives to police without any consequences.

Unsurprisingly, this did not have much of an effect, as 2019 saw a record number of bombings.

I have been reporting on these attacks in Sweden for years, long before international media started to pick up on it. In fact, the media has been strangely quiet on the bombings in Sweden.

You would think that bombings on this scale, in a European country would get a lot more media attention than it has been.

It has only been very recently that media has started to report on the bombings in Sweden, although not as much as they should have.

Haters have mocked me, claiming that I have just been making up the number of bombings in Sweden. Rather hilariously, or actually it is kind of sad, some have tried to downplay it as “just fireworks”.

Some of the explosions have indeed been from an illegal, and very powerful firework called bangers.

But even Swedish police have said that to call them fireworks is actually misleading, as they are very powerful and more comparable to a hand grenade, and could even kill a person.

Other forms of explosives used are hand grenades, but also IED’s.

Last summer there was a massive explosion where a 15-20kg bomb detonated, injuring some 20 people and causing material damage to 250 apartments.

Time and time again, sadly I have been proven right. My reporting on the bombing crisis has been correct, and now Sweden had a record number of 257 explosions last year.

These are official statistics from Sweden, so I am curious to see how my haters will try and explain it away this time.

Now, the question remains as to who are behind these attacks?

The answer is mainly criminal gangs.

Sweden has an increasing problem with criminal gangs that have been terrorizing the country.

In fact, it has gotten so bad that police have launched a special operation called Operation Rimfrost to tackle gang violence.

One of their stated aims is to specifically reduce the number of shootings and explosions in criminal environments.

Recently it was revealed who these gangs are. There are several notorious gangs in the suburbs of Stockholm.

One such suburb is Rinkeby, which is not very far from where I grew up.

Here there are conflicts between several gangs, one of them is called “Shottaz”, and another is called the “Death patrol” which is a rival gang.

Other gangs in the area are “24K”, “Husby Hyenas” and the “Tensta network”.

In the last four years some ten people have been murdered and several injured in shootings in Rinkeby and nearby areas.

The Stockholm police have a focus list of 32 people that they say have a strategic importance in organized crime networks.

In fact, it has gotten so bad that the violence spilled over to Denmark!

Masked men opened fire in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, where two people died.

And last year, a Swedish man was arrested after bombing the Danish tax offices.

This did not make the Danes happy however. Not long after, the Danes announced that they would be introducing border controls with Sweden to stop the explosions and gang violence.

And guess what. It seems like borders work. There have been 0 bombings in Denmark after they introduced the border controls with Sweden.

“We want to protect ourselves from the criminality that we see in Sweden” said a Danish politician from the Social Democrats.

The Danish police said that the border controls have a preventative effect. Even though they cannot stop all cars crossing the border, the fact that criminals know they risk being stopped, is enough to scare them away.

Meanwhile, over in Sweden there have been over 40 bombings since Denmark introduced their border controls 4 months ago, with about 20 explosions in 2020 so far.

So what can be done to stop this from spiraling out of control more than it already has?

Well, firstly the Operation Rimfrost initiated by police is a good start. They are working hard to lock up the criminal gangs.

But sentences in Sweden are notoriously lenient, way too lenient to work on hardened gang criminals.

Just as an example of the lenient sentences in Sweden, a 19 year old man was sentenced to only 75 hours community service for sex crimes against a 13 year old girl.

Police can arrest all the criminals they want, but if they get out of jail after only a few years, it won’t do much to stop the gangs in the long run.

Besides, Swedish prisons are also notoriously comfortable. The Swedish mentality is that criminals are looked upon as “poor little things”, and you are almost supposed to feel sorry for them.

The director-general of Sweden’s prison and probation service, Nils Öberg, said in 2014 that “our role is not to punish. The punishment is the prison sentence”.

Some prisons have basketball and tennis courts available to inmates, and some even have aquariums.

And of course, you cannot forget the all-important TV for prison inmates!

I am sure hardened gang criminals are just crying at the thought of having to spend a few years, or months, in what is basically an all-expenses paid holiday behind bars at a room that is comparable to some hotels.

Welcome to Sweden everyone…

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Peter Imanuelsen
Peter Imanuelsen
Swedish journalist and political commentator. Founder and Editor-in-chief at Times of Sweden. Peter Imanuelsen has been reporting on the situation in Sweden for years and is more commonly known as PeterSweden on social media.

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