The use of hand grenades among countries not at war, makes Sweden quite unique in the world, police write in a new report to the government, as grenade attacks in country have increased by 170 percent in just one year.
The report states that the use of hand grenades has increased 170 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to Svenska Dagbladet. It means in actual attacks where the grenades have detonated, that it has almost tripled, from 10 to 27 blasts.
Meanwhile, grenade attacks have spread to several areas in Sweden.
Overall throughout the country there were 52 incidents where hand grenades were involved.
In August last year, an eight year old boy died when a grenade detonated in an apartment in Gothenburg. It was a rare case of a grenade taking a life in Sweden, but there have been several close calls.
In August 2015 there was unrest in the Stockholm suburb of Tumbla. Then stones were thrown at police and some ignited a fire at the local police station. It peaked when a hand grenade was thrown at a police bus with four police officers inside. A total of 105 blast holes were later discovered.
And this week a hand grenade exploded in Malmö, injuring one person.
- It's really just pure luck that we have not seen more deaths after blasts have occurred, said Linda Staaf, head of Noa, the national police operations department, to SvD.
The increase of grenades smuggled in and used by criminals in Sweden, is "completely unique internationally," according to Noa.
The increase involve, among other, grenade attacks against properties and homes "without regard of human life," writes the police in the report that has just landed on the government's table.
It has been quite easy to smuggle grenades into Sweden. In this strange country of Abba, Volvo and Bjørn Borg, hand grenades are classified as "explosive products," like fireworks - not as weapons. Thus it is not defined as arms smuggling to bring hand grenades into Sweden.
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