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Brå: Deadly violence remains at a high level

Published torsdag 30 mars 2017 kl 10.40
Nina Forselius: It's too soon to say if it's a trend
(1:23 min)
Malmö in Sweden experienced numerous cases of deadly violence in 2016
Credit: Victor Pandurescu/Sveriges Radio.

The rate of deadly violence declined slightly in Sweden last year, but remains at a high level, according to crime statistics published by the National Crime Prevention Council (Brå), Thursday.

In February, Brå published a book of crime research for the period 2000-2015, that showed deadly violence had changed in character in Sweden. Alcohol-fuelled murder or manslaughter had given way to deadly violence connected to criminal activities involving the greater use of firearms.

Deadly violence in 2016 dropped slightly from 112 cases to 106, but Brå says this is still a high level compared to the years 2013-2014, when there were 87 violence-related fatalities. However, Brå says that it is still too soon to know whether the increase in deadly violence is part of a general trend.

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