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Swedish youth gang kills father in front of son amid surge in violence

Police officers work on the scene after a man was shot dead in Skarholmen, southern Stockholm, Sweden, April 11, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

The fatal shooting of a father in broad daylight in front of his son in a Stockholm suburb by a group of youth has shocked Sweden. 

Mikael, 39, died early Thursday after he was fatally shot in the head in front of his son while they were cycling to a swimming pool.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and opposition leader Magdalena Andersson were to visit the Skarholmen suburb south of the capital, which has seen several shootings in recent months.

"The system-threatening crime that our country is now experiencing has brutal consequences for our entire free and open society," Kristersson wrote in a post on a social media platform.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in violence in the Scandinavian country, as criminal gangs compete for dominance in the drug markets, resulting in weekly bombings and shootings.

The gangs frequently enlist adolescents to execute acts of violence as they are not legally responsible, with certain offenders as young as 12 years of age.

Jimmie Akesson, the leader of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, emphasized the need for Sweden to take decisive action against criminal gangs, stating that mere empty words are insufficient.

He called for a comprehensive and aggressive approach to combating these gangs, urging the country to declare an all-out war against each and every individual involved.

According to multiple media sources, Mikael was shot after confronting the gang.

"He didn't like injustice. It cost him his life," his sister, who didn't give her name, said. "He was sensitive, he didn't like to read about all the shootings."

So far, no arrests have been made in connection with the killing.

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