Teenager is arrested in Turkey over firebombing of cars in Sweden as four more attacks take place overnight after police said masked youth gangs coordinated the chaos via social media

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
By Paul Martin

Teenager, born 1999, arrested in connection with arson attacks in Sweden
He was apprehended as he landed in Turkey having fled Sweden after fires
Around 100 cars were set alight in Gothenburg and surrounding cities
Another 13 on fire in Stockholm and Uppsala, and cars burned in Malmo
Police believe attacks were coordinated on social media by the youth gangs

By SARA MALM
DAILYMAIL.COM
15 August 2018

A teenager has been arrested in Turkey in connection with the systematic firebombing of cars across Sweden earlier this week.

The man, born in 1999, had fled Sweden yesterday and could be apprehended upon arrival in Turkey, taking the total number of arrests over the arson attacks to three.

More than 100 cars burned in several Swedish cities, including the capital Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo, as gangs of masked youths went rampaging in a series of arson attacks believed to have been coordinated on social media.

A number of boys under the age of 15 have also been apprehended, but have due to their young age been released into the care of their parents.

Overnight, four incidents took place on western Sweden, including one in the same area of Gothenburg which came under attack the night before.

Two cars burned in the south-western suburb of Västra Frölunda, and news agency TT reports that witnesses have seen two youths set the vehicles on fire before fleeing the scene.

At around the same time, a car burned in Mölndal outside Gothenburg, and one in Borås, some 40 miles west of the city. Police said these were also believed to have been set alight.

In the wake of the fires, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven reacted with anger and did not hold back during a radio interview on Tuesday morning.

‘I’m furious, for real. My question to these people is ‘what the f*** are you doing?’,’ he told Sveriges Radio P1.

‘You’re ruining things for yourselves, your parents and your neighbourhoods,’ Lofven said, adding the incident ‘looked very coordinated, almost like a military operation’.

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