(RT) - The force of 200 officers tasked with tracking down the thousands of migrants that have gone into hiding in Sweden needs to be substantially boosted, the country’s border police chief said after a rejected refugee carried out a terrorist attack in Stockholm.
“We certainly need more resources. We need a few hundred employees, maybe more,” Patrik Engstrom, head of Sweden’s national border police, told Dagens Nyheter newspaper, noting that “above all” the country needs more police officers to “take part in immigration control [operations]”
Approximately 1,200 Swedish police officers are currently involved in border control at their national operative department (NOA) and seven police regions, but the majority is assigned to operations securing the country’s external borders, such as passport control, he said.
Engstrom stressed that only around 200 police officers are currently assigned to searching for illegal migrants already in Sweden. Meanwhile, the number of rejected asylum seekers illegally hiding in Sweden after having their applications rejected has reached 10,000, Dagens Nyheter reports.
Police should also be able to do their jobs searching or checking illegal migrants without “fear that someone will yell ‘R.I.P. to them [police],” the border police chief added. According to Engstrom, a modern computer system that controls the influx of asylum seekers should be installed in police stations.
Sweden has been on high alert since last Friday, when a truck ploughed through a crowd of people before crashing into a department store and catching fire in Drottninggatan, one of Stockholm’s main pedestrian areas.
The terrorist attack left at least four people dead, including an 11-year-old girl, and over a dozen injured. The main suspect, who was allegedly driving the truck, managed to flee the scene, but was later arrested.
Swedish media have reported that the suspected perpetrator is a 39-year-old from Uzbekistan named Rakhmat Akilov.Read More . . . .