New York Times – ”Hand Grenades and Gang Violence Rattle Sweden’s Middle Class”

Bild: Daniel Cuevas Zunigas begravning, Zunigas sprängdes till döds av en handgranat

Från New York Times, på engelska: STOCKHOLM — In the Stockholm suburb of Varby Gard, it was not unusual to see the figure of a 63-year-old man pedaling a bicycle home after the end of his shift as an aide for disabled adults, hunched against the icy wind of a Swedish winter.

Daniel Cuevas Zuniga had just finished a night shift on a Sunday last month, and was cycling home with his wife.

When he spotted a spherical object lying on the ground, he stopped and reached down to take it in his hand.

It was an M-75 hand grenade. Manufactured in great numbers for the Yugoslav national army, and then seized by paramilitaries during the civil war in the 1990s, the grenades are packed with plastic explosives and 3,000 steel balls, well suited for attacks on enemy trenches and bunkers.

When Mr. Zuniga touched it, he set off the detonator. The shock wave was so powerful that Mr. Zuniga’s wife, Wanna, riding ahead of him, was blown off her bicycle and sprawled on the ground, mottled with shrapnel wounds. She turned and tried to crawl toward her husband, she told a reporter later, but the police, who had been patrolling nearby, kept her back.

Weapons from a faraway, long-ago war are flowing into immigrant neighborhoods here, puncturing Swedes’ sense of confidence and security.

The country’s murder rate remains low, by American standards, and violent crime is stable or dropping in many places. But gang-related assaults and shootings are becoming more frequent,

And the number of neighborhoods categorized by the police as “marred by crime, social unrest and insecurity” is rising.

Crime and immigration are certain to be key issues in September’s general election, alongside the traditional debates over education and health care.

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