SWEDEN’S capital was plunged into chaos on Monday as police were forced to fire at rioters after violence erupted.
The scenes took place just hours after the country’s Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, slammed Donald Trump for claiming Sweden was in crisis as a result of its liberal refugee policy.
Stockholm police were forced to fire a shot into the crowd in the hard-hit suburb of Rinkeby, after a mob of around 30 began attacking officers with rocks.
Violence erupted after the police had tried to arrest a wanted person on the subway.
Sylvia Odin, of the Stockholm police, said: “There was stone throwing and they were placed in a situation where a number of people jointly attacked and threw stones. They felt vulnerable and threatened.”
“The initial information we received was that a warning shot [was fired] but when the picture cleared, it turned out it was for effect [meaning it was intended to hit the target].”
Another officer told Aftonbladet: “The police were cornered between the stone throwers and their car and shot towards the stone thrower but missed.”
A photographer from Dagens Nyheter was also reportedly attacked during the clashes as he said a group of around 15 people had assaulted him when he arrived in Rinkeby to report on the unrest.
“I was hit with a lot of punches and kicks both to my body and my head. I have spent the night in hospital,” he said.
No suspects have been arrested after the clashes, however officers are treating the incident as a riot and assault on police.
The shocking attack on officers came after President Trump told a rally in Florida over the weekend that Sweden was facing a crisis after Fox News aired a segment where a gloomy picture of Sweden was portrayed.
He said: “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. ”
“Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
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