More than 110 fires broke out in Sweden, according to police sources. Of these, but 20 of them are believed to have been started through carelessness or by accident. Swedish officials are saying that 92 of the blazes were started deliberately: 37 were started by a resident at the homes.
 
Only two culprits have been identified, but 53 of the fires remain unsolved because police have no leads to possible suspects. A senior officer of NOA -- Sweden’s national police force -- told Swedish TV news, "We suspect that a large part of these 53 fires were started by third parties.” Ola Stoltz continued, saying, "In many cases we're talking about small fires. It could be anything from a waste bin on fire to, as in some cases, very serious fires. They are among the most difficult cases to investigate. That's why in so many of the cases we don't know who started them."
 
In October 2016, an entire apartment building went up in flames in the Fagersjo neighborhood of Stockholm. Firefighters evacuated 37 residents. The fire is believed to have been started by arsonists, Accelerants were found in an oven on the premises in the days prior to the blaze. However, building employees managed to stop that first attempt at arson.
 
ISIS claimed responsibility for a fire in Malmo, also in October 2016. The group claimed that it was just their first terrorist act on Swedish soil. In Al-Naba, an ISIS publication, the terrorists claimed that one of its operatives set alight a prayer center used by Shia Muslims. ISIS is a Sunni Muslim organization. 
 
Sweden continues to face rising challenges to law and order and to social services while the mostly-Muslim refugees continue to enter the country. In 2015 alone, the country received more than 160,000 asylum applications to join a population of just 9.5million. 
 
In February 2016, Sweden’s National Criminal Investigation Service labelled 50 areas in the country as “no-go zones” that are rife with attacks on police, children bearing arms, rape, and drug dealing.  This week, Sweden’s Migrant Agency declared that even more people are expected this year: more than 34,000 people are seeking asylum. Last year, Sweden fielded 29,000 applications.
 
Swedes are being asked to pay at least $1.2 million in additional taxes to comply with applicable laws and regulations in order to fund various levels of government involved plus provide welfare benefits to asylees.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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