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100 Masked Men Attack Immigrants In Swedish Train Station

CREDIT: Screenshot/Aftonbladet

A shot from the local Swedish news clip showing the attack.

A group of approximately 100 masked men physically attacked young immigrants in a Swedish train station Friday night, according to a report from Buzzfeed News.

Just before the attack, the men were seen passing out flyers with anti-immigrant messages. According to Swedish police, the men intended to “expose unaccompanied refugee children to crime.”

Four suspects were arrested in conjunction with the incident, but have since been released. No serious injuries have been reported.

Video of the incident, released by Swedish news station Aftonbladet, shows the group of men running through the station and shouting. Swedish police told Buzzfeed News that the incident took place around 8:30 p.m. local time near Stockholm’s biggest square. The men did not appear to be carrying weapons, though one carried what police described as brass knuckles. The alleged assailants were men between the ages of 15 and 30.

So far, police have not connected the attack to any particular group.

The attack comes amid rising tensions between immigrants and Swedish nationals. On January 26, a Swedish aid worker was stabbed to death by a 15-year old boy staying at an asylum center in western Sweden. Two days later, Sweden announced plans to deport between 60,000 and 80,000 asylum seekers.

Sweden has been accepting refugees and asylum-seekers at a rate of almost 10,000 a week over the last year, and has one of the highest numbers of arrivals per capita in the European Union according to the Guardian.

The Swedish interior minister told Swedish media on Wednesday that the country expects to reject nearly half of the 163,000 asylum requests that it received in 2015.

Sweden’s clampdown comes as refuges and asylum seekers continue to die attempting to make it to Europe. On Saturday, a boat smuggling migrants bound for Greece slammed into the Turkish coast, killing at least 35 people, including five children. According to the International Organization for Migration, 244 migrants bound for Europe are known to have drowned or have gone missing since the beginning of 2016.