The taxi driver responsible for an attack on pedestrians in the Swedish town of Borlänge, is a Somali. The ethnicity of the driver has indeed been confirmed.
Swedish daily Fria Tider reported that the prosecution has requested that the taxi driver who drove into a crowd of people in Borlänge – northwest of Stockholm – on Friday be detained. He is suspected of attempted murder and aggravated assault.
According to another daily Nyheter Idag, the Somali immigrant had been involved in a feud with one of the people who was struck by the car, but he rammed into the group, injuring four other pedestrians too.
The 30-year-old taxi driver was arrested on Friday evening, suspected of attempted murder after at least one person was seriously injured. Although the other injured persons were released from hospital after treatment, a request was made that the suspect be held in custody for attempted murder and aggravated assault.
The Somali citizen is registered with the Swedish tax agency as having immigrated in 2011, according to Nyheter Idag.
“One of the plaintiffs and the suspect are acquainted with each other from previously, and they have an ongoing conflict. Four people were at the scene were also hit,” says prosecutor Eva-Lena Jansson, who is leading the investigation.