The violent riot last night ended with that the police station in Södertälje was shot at with automatic weapons.
The shots were an act of revenge for the three youths arrested earlier in the evening.
A large police posse chased the perpetrators who fled in three vehicles.
Södertälje was a besieged city last night. Police cars blocked every exit, and a large part of the center was cordoned off and guarded by riot police equipped with automatic weapons. Shortly before midnight, the unrest started. At least two cars stopped on Main Street. Second later the police station came under fire as the upper floor was hit with several shots and several windows were smashed.
- I heard five or six shots from an automatic weapon. The whole apartment shook, says an eyewitness.
Inside the police station, there were three Muslim boys in the age of 15 who were arrested earlier in the evening in the district of Ronna, where the riot started.
The entire altercation began with a small piece of chocolate, according to witnesses who talked to Expressen. Some boys threw a piece of chocolate in the head of a young girl. She fetched her father, who armed with a baseball bat wanted to administer justice.
Then the quarrel resulted in that the police arrested three of the boys. - Their friends tried to free them and threw stones at police, said the duty officer Lennart Sjöstrand at the police.
A large number of police patrols from all over southern Stockholm were sent to the scene. Riot police with shields and helmets tried to disperse the crowd but only managed to make the atmosphere more threatening. - It is a dilemma for us, stop it or pull back. But there were people we would want to arrest in the crowd, says Sjöstrand.
In addition to the three boys, three men were arrested on suspicion of incitement to riots. Police suspect the men who shot at the police station to be in the same gang as the arrested persons and are hopeful to get hold of them.
- We know roughly where to look, says Lennart Sjöstrand.
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