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The chief analyst for Säpo, the Swedish intelligence service, said that at least 30 Swedes are known to have traveled to Syria to fight with the rebels and that Sweden only "rarely" can stop them from doing so. Some who have gone to Syria are known extremists, some have attacked civilians in Syria, and "many" have returned to Sweden.
Rioting in Stockholm suburbs continued for the fourth night in a row, and spread to southern suburbs including Hagsätra, where rioters attacked a police patrol, seriously wounding one officer. Last night alone firefighters dealt with 80 fires. The rioters have thrown rocks at police and firefighters; torched hundreds of cars; and attacked schools, stores, an arts center, a restaurant, and a police station. The unrest in the predominantly Muslim-immigrant areas is being blamed on "social exclusion" and "bleak" economic prospects for youth in these suburbs, where, in Husby, for example, youth unemployment stands at 6 percent, double that of the capital.
For the third night in a row, rioters burned cars in suburbs around Stockholm. The unrest started in the suburb of Husby, where a week ago police fatally shot a man who was menacing a woman and the police with a machete. On May 19, over 100 cars were torched; on May 20, more than 100 people rioted; and on May 21, rioters threw stones at police and firefighters, and torched 30 cars in the suburbs of Rinkeby, Skarpnäck, Norsborg, Kista, Fittja, Bredäng, Flemingsberg, Edsberg, and Tensta. The rioters also vandalized a police station and a shopping center. Eight people have been arrested.
A government report said there are currently at least 30 Swedish nationals fighting with "groups similar to al Qaeda" in Syria. The report called Sweden "far behind" other EU countries in preventing militant Islamism, and recommended that travel abroad for terror training be outlawed. The report said while Germany has a program for former jihadists, not one Swedish jihadist is thought to have defected from that ideology.