Deadly attack at Swedish refugee center, police calls for more recruits

A young man between 14 and 17 year-old, who lives in a refugee center, fatally attacked a volunteer working at the asylum accommodation

(SOURCE)   A tragic event took place at an asylum accommodation in Sweden, as a young girl lost her live after being attacked by a young man who lived in the accommodation. The same day, head of the Swedish police was asking for more personnel.

Tragic killing

On Monday, a young man between 14 and 17 year-old, who lived in the center for unaccompanied migrants in Molndal, near Gothenburg, fatally attacked a young woman working at the asylum accommodation.

The victim, 22-year-old Alexandra Mezher, a Swedish citizens with Lebanese roots, succumbed to her injury at a nearby hospital. The Local Sweden reported that the police has arrested the attacker, but his name was not publicized. According to BBC, the attack was made with a knife. According to a police report, other residents at the home restrained the attacker and helped the police with the arrest.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven condemned the attack and asked from the public not to jump into conclusions, as the situation is extremely complicated. “Many of those young people who come to Sweden have had traumatic experiences and there are no easy answers,” he told reporters.

According to BBC, the residents at the refugee home, all aged between 14 and 17 and about 10 in number, were moved to new accommodation for the night, according to local media. The young refugees were depressed and upset.

Police asks for more personnel

The tragic attack took place the same day when the head of the Swedish Police was asking from the Government to hire 2,500 police officers and up to 1,600 civilian personnel by the year 2020.

Swedish Police asked for thousands of more employees calling it a necessity due to the refugee influx and the increased terror threat, after November’s brutal attacks in Paris. National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson said the recruiting is much needed as many aspects of social security will be left behind in the years to come, if the force remains to the current number.

“Like having a presence in areas that are socio-economically disadvantaged. The consequence will be less safety. Drug and traffic offenses will also be given less priority. I don’t think the Swedish people want that, without the government and parliament listening to our request,” said Eliasson.

“We have a lot of places where people are living for a long time in difficult conditions. These are small spaces where there are fights and disturbances. We need to have a presence there to make sure it’s nice and quiet,” the Police official predicted.

Police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg told AFP news agency about the fatal attack at the refugee center. “These kinds of calls are becoming more and more common. We’re dealing with more incidents like these since the arrival of so many more refugees from abroad.”

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