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three nights of violence

Shooting victims refuse to talk to the police

Published torsdag 2 augusti 2012 kl 18.07
Police officers look for evidence. Photo: Johan Nilsson/Scanpix

The Eskilstuna police say retaliation between criminal gangs lies behind the recent string of shootings. Last night, two men were shot - the third night in a row that the small town has been subjected to gun crime.

Last night saw two men shot. They survived, as did the victims of the two previous nights' shootings.

On Tuesday night, two people were shot in the legs.

And the evening before that, on Monday, two men in their twenties were injured when they were attacked outside a local school.

The police claim one of the gangs has about 20 people affiliated with it while the smaller gang has around ten members.

"In general, they run drugs and blackmail people," says regional police spokesperson Fredrik Wallén.

All the shootings are being investigated as attempted murders, but the victims have all decided to keep their mouths shut when questioned by the police, reports the TT news agency.

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