Multiple deaths after restaurant shooting in Sweden

Police said there was no indication that the shooting in Sweden's second biggest city was terror-related

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Several people were killed in a restaurant shooting in the Swedish city of Gothenburg on Wednesday in what police say was likely to be a gang-related shooting.

Police spokeswoman Ulla Brehm said: "There was a shooting in a pub. There have been several fatalities and a number of the injured have been brought to hospital."

"An automatic weapon was used... we can't rule out that it's gang-related. We've had problems for some time with gang crime in this area," she added.

An eyewitness told tabloid Aftonbladet that two people entered the pub in the Gothenburg suburb of Biskopsgaarden with weapons that looked like Kalashnikovs and started shooting.

"We were sitting watching the football game when the shooters came in," the witness said.

The police have said there is no indication that the shooting in Sweden's second biggest city was terror-related.

“There's absolutely nothing suggesting this would have anything to do with terrorism,” Brehm said.

Police said there were multiple deaths in the shooting in which automatic weapons were used, but would not say how many, adding the death toll was likely to rise.

Brehm said the area on Hisingen, an island off Gothenburg, had seen a lot of gang violence and that was a likely explanation for the shooting.

“We have had a targeted police operation in this area because we have gang crime here. There has been shootings in the past,” Brehm said.

(With Reuters and AFP)

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