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Malmö driving school hit by blast: ‘We want to know why this happened’

The owner of the Malmö driving school badly damaged by an explosion on Tuesday night has told The Local he has not been subject to any extortion requests and knows of no reason why his business would be a target.

Malmö driving school hit by blast: 'We want to know why this happened'
The front doors to the driving school were completely destroyed. Photo: Richard Orange/The Local
“I've got no idea why. Perhaps you can tell me,” Jörgen Rodian, owner of Erikssons Trafikskola, told The Local, as he worked to tidy up the smashed door and windows at the school's entrance on Malmö's Nobeltorget Square. 
 
The powerful blast, which went off just before midnight, could be heard across the city, from the central station to seaside suburb of Limhamn. It blew away the front doors to the driving school, shattered windows and left a small crater in the concrete steps.
 
The steps to the school were badly damaged. Photo: Richard Orange/The Local
 
Nobody was injured in the explosion, which came just over a week after another blast just four doors down on Nobelvägen, the same Malmö street, left a 12-year-old girl with minor injuries. The garage hit is also used by Erikssons, as well as by residents of nearby apartments. 
 
Last November, two driving schools, in Persborg and in Norra grängesbergsgatan, were also hit by explosions.  
 
No arrests had been made by noon on Wednesday, and Nils Norling, press spokesman for the Malmö police, said it was too early to determine if the attacks were related. 
 
“We can't say that we see any immediate connection, but of course this is very close geographically and also close when you talk about time,” he said of the two recent attacks. “We have to analyze the small leftovers we have from the explosions to see if there's any connection there.” 
 
He said that it was possible that the attacks were linked to gangland extortion attempts. 
 
“We have quite a big problem in Malmö with extortion and we know that a lot of small business owners are being extorted,” he said. “We have to look very carefully to see if there might be extortion behind it.” 
 
Rodian told The Local that had never been contacted by anyone trying to extort payments.
 
“No, I've heard nothing, nothing at all,” he said. “What should I be worried about?” 
 
He said that he believed that it was a coincidence that three driving schools had been hit by such similar attacks, and added that did not think the two recent attacks had been targeted at his business. 
 
He pointed out that someone also appeared to have tried to break down the door of the hairdressers next door to him. 

 
Inside the driving school on Wednesday, pupils and instructors were continuing with their lessons as normal. 
 
“We employees and our students also want to know why this has happened,” Per Nilsson, one of the instructors, told The Local. “It's very strange.” 

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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