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In this picture taken on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, firefighters survey the scene in the suburb of Rinkeby outside Stockholm. Police in Sweden said Tuesday they were investigating riots that broke out overnight in a predominantly immigrant Stockholm suburb after officers arrested a suspect on drug charges. Spokesman Lars Bystrom said unidentified people, including some wearing masks, threw rocks at police, set cars on fire and looted shops in Rinkeby, north of Stockholm. (Christine Olsson/TT News Agency via AP)

Riots broke out in an immigrant-heavy Swedish neighborhood days after Trump's comments


Riots broke out late Monday in Sweden's capital of Stockholm, days after President Trump made up a terrorist attack in Sweden.

Trump later said his comments were based on a Fox News report that pinned an upswing in crime on Sweden's immigration policy. Swedish officials denied the report. 

However, on Monday night, an arrest on drug charges in Rinkeby, an immigrant-heavy neighborhood in Stockholm, triggered riots among a group of teeangers.

This kind of situation doesn't happen that often, but it is always regrettable when it does.
Lars Bystrom, Stockholm police spokesman

Rioters threw rocks at police officers, slightly injuring one. One person was arrested. An officer fired his gun because he was in danger, but did not hit anyone.

Other rioters lit cars on fire and looted nearby shops. 

Perception vs. data

Sweden took in more refugees and migrants from North Africa and the Middle East per capita than any other European nation in 2015. 

A report by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter found that refugees were responsible for merely one percent of all crimes between October 2015 and January 016. But a Pew Research Center study found that 46 percent of Swedes believe refugees are "more to blame for crime than other groups."

We were answering completely different questions in the interview. This is bad journalism.
Anders Göranzon, Swedish police officer

Trump said his comments were not about a specific attack, but a Fox News report on Swedish crime.

Two officers quoted in the video spoke out Monday, saying they were taken out of context. 

Trump later said the news media was painting a false picture of Sweden.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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