A car and school were set on fire and a police station attacked in the central town of Orebro, about 100 miles (160km) from the Swedish capital last night. In Linkoping, groups of Muslim youths clashed with police.
SKY News (h/t Susan K) Meanwhile, police in Stockholm said as many as 25 cars were torched and a police officer injured in the west of the city as the rioting continued. In Orebro, an officer suffered an eye injury when rocks were hurled at the patrol car he was in, according to local police.
Some 25 masked Muslim youths set fire to three cars and a school and tried to torch a police station. In Linkoping, some 130 miles (200km) to the southwest of Stockholm, several vehicles were set on fire and Muslim youths tried to torch a school and a kindergarten.
Police said that overnight violence in suburban districts of Stockholm was less intense than previous nights but as many as 25 cars had been burned out. Stockholm police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said on Saturday that 19 people had been detained, but there had been no hurling of rocks against officers as in previous days.
The riots in the Stockholm suburbs, some of which are predominantly populated by Muslim immigrants, was sparked by perceived police brutality after officers shot and killed a knife-wielding Muslim man who had locked himself in his apartment.
In a country famed for its model welfare state, the rioting has exposed a fault-line between a well-off majority and a Muslim minority – often young people with Muslim immigrant backgrounds.
Underscoring Sweden’s ambivalence toward its open immigration policies, an anti-Muslim immigrant party has risen to third in polls this year and some analysts say the riots could swell its ranks.
One recent government study showed that up to a third of young people aged 16 to 29 in some of the most deprived areas of Sweden’s big cities neither study nor have a job.
Youth unemployment is especially high in neighbourhoods such as the ones where the riots have taken place, home to Muslim asylum seekers from Iraq to Somalia, Afghanistan and Latin America.
About 15% of Sweden’s population is foreign-born and while many are from neighbouring countries, others are drawn by the country’s policy of welcoming asylum seekers from war-torn countries.