Denmark Sets Permanent Border Controls with Sweden Amid Rising Cross-Border Violence
Danish authorities lock down border as gang crime from Swedish city Malmö rises
Denmark has been forced to introduce permanent border controls with its Scandanavian neighbor Sweden amid a rise in cross-border violence.
Danish Justice Minister Nick Hekkerup said in a statement that the threat of gang violence coming from the Swedish multicultural border city of Malmö is spiraling out of control.
In a bid to tackle the rising violence, Denmark is enacting stricter border controls with its northern neighbor, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.
“Organised crime from Sweden is central here,” Hekkerup said.
"We have seen a worrying development in Sweden with explosions and increased violence.
“We have been monitoring this and decided to strengthen border protection against Sweden,” he added.
According to Breitbart, the decision also comes after Swedish residents were implicated in two major criminal incidents earlier this year in Denmark.
The most notable event being the bombing of the Tax Authority at Østerbro in Copenhagen in August that destroyed much of the facade of the office building.
A 22-year-old man from the multicultural Swedish city of Malmö, which lies close to the border with Denmark, was later arrested in connection with the bombing.
Last month, another suspect, again, a Swedish resident, was arrested at Copenhagen airport.
While explosions have risen across Sweden, Malmö has been one of the focal points of explosions, with the city seeing three explosions within 24 hours in June.
The situation has become so dire in the city that last month police warned the public to be on guard for explosive devices.
Police said people should pay special attention to suspicious objects when walking around alone at night.
A report released earlier this year by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter compared a range of statistics showing troubling trends.
The report found that explosions had surged by up to 45 percent across the country from January to July 2019 when compared to the same period in the previous year.