Portuguese authorities have arrested a 53-year-old man on suspicion of shooting a Swedish family in the region of Moura, in the south of the country, a presumably racist act, the judicial police announced on Saturday.

The attack took place on October 8 following a conflict, "apparently caused by questions of racial hatred", which had occurred moments before between this man and a Swede, of African descent according to local media, who was traveling with his partner and his seven children aged 3 months to 11 years.

A multi-day investigation

After this altercation, the fifty-year-old caught up with the car in which the Swedish family was and "fired several shots", according to the press release from the judicial police (PJ).

After several days of investigation, the police managed to identify and arrest this man against whom there are "strong indications" of guilt, according to the PJ.

The man was presented to a judge.

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