An image from the film clip that was recorded by a witness to the incident last Friday. Photo: Sydsvenskan/TT

The two boys have escaped from the care home

The two boys who were detained by security guards in the central station in Malmö Friday have disappeared without a trace, reports daily tabloid Aftonbladet.

The images of one of the boys being held down by a security guard, who covered his mouth and banged his head against the floor have upset many. They were published on Monday by the daily Sydsvenska Dagbladet, and have led to the children's ombudsman being asked by the Minister for Children to try to strengthen children's rights in the case of an intervention.

But on the same day as the pictures were published, the boys again disappeared from the care home, where they were staying. After Friday's incident, they were driven back to the home. It is not a locked institution, and on Monday, they were reported missing again, Aftonbladet reports.

No specific search for them is ongoing.

"We have no idea where they are, we do not know where to look for them. If they are in the country, of if they have gone off to Denmark, we haven't got a clue," said Anders Lindskog with Malmö Police missing person's unit told Aftonbladet.

The two boys are nine and twelve years of age, and have arrived in Sweden alone, without their parents or any other family member. They have been housed in the care home, pending the result of their asylum application.

On Friday, they were apparently caught riding a train without a ticket. Police said that they had absconded from a care home. Their rough treatment by a security guard was captured by a witness on his cell phone and later resulted in the suspension of the guard and outrage from the public. Tuesday night hundreds of people gathered in both Malmö and Stockholm to protest the incident and demand an investigation.

Aftonbladet reports that during the last five years as many as 1,465 refugee children have disappeared according to figures from the Migraton Board.


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