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In Sweden, the assassination of Karolina Hakim pushes the authorities to react

2019-09-18T10:47:33.277Z

In Malmö, Wednesday 18 September, Karolin Hakim, a 31-year-old woman, is buried in particularly shocking circumstances. She was executed on August 26 in the street, in broad daylight, while she was carrying her baby ...


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Karolin Hakim, 31, was murdered in the middle of the street on August 26, 2019. Johan Nilsson / TT News Agency / AFP

In Malmö, Wednesday 18 September, Karolin Hakim, a 31-year-old woman, is buried in particularly shocking circumstances. She was executed on August 26 in the middle of the street, in broad daylight, while carrying her two-month-old baby in her arms. This tragic incident illustrates a phenomenon that worries Swedes: that of youth gangs, which settle their disputes with guns and explosives, and which increase the rate of homicide.

With our correspondent in Malmö , Frédéric Faux

" They put the bomb here, they covered it with earth, and it was booming! That was on September 4, when a load of dynamite destroyed the front of an apartment in Malmö. In this city alone, there have been more than 100 explosions between 2017 and 2018 . In Sweden , gang problems are often dealt with by firearms. As a result, the homicide rate, which had been falling for twenty years , has been rising since 2012.

" This violence is linked to networks that have appeared in our suburbs, decrypts Amir Rostami, an academic specializing in these bands. And conflicts can arise for drug cases, but also for a girlfriend. "

King's Public Worry

It is surely a gang affair, or related to organized crime, that is causing the death of Karolina Hakim. The assassination of this young doctor, in a quiet neighborhood, deeply shocked Sweden. Especially since forty-eight hours later, another girl was killed in Stockholm, also by bullets.

Two dramas that pushed the King of Sweden - a rarity - to publicly express his concern. The government has invited all political parties - except the extreme right - to make new proposals to put an end to this violence.

► See also: Sweden gangs and organized crime

Source: rfi

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