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Swedish police to get sub-machine guns to combat terror threat

Published tisdag 17 februari 2015 kl 16.24
En tungt beväpnad polis vaktar den judiska församlingens lokal i Malmö. Foto: Daniel Kihlström / TT
A Swedish police officer standing guard outside the Jewish community center in Malmö. Photo: Daniel Kihlström / TT

The police's national operative unit has decided that the officers who are standing guard outside synagogues and other Jewish facilities in Sweden should be armed with sub-machine guns, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports.

Shortly after the weekend's shootings in Copenhagen, the national operative unit, NAO, decided that police should monitor Jewish facilities such as synagogues, schools and stores to prevent something similar happening here.

Now the unit adds that the officers should be equipped with more heavy-duty gear and weapons. That means that the officers will be carrying sub-machine guns instead of the traditional handguns.

Police say that they will continue to monitor the situation and return to normal supervision with their usual equipment once the details of what happened in Copenhagen have become clearer.

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