About 150 Swedish jihadists who had travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight for the Daesh cause have returned home, and more are currently trying to come back as their self-proclaimed “caliphate” in the Middle East nears total defeat.
About a third of Daesh returnees have turned to crime after arriving in Sweden, according to a survey conducted by the national broadcaster SVT.
The broadcaster has surveyed 41 of the returnees and found that 13 of them have been convicted of crimes or a currently under investigation.
Drug offences, theft, handling stolen goods, fraud, abuse, extortion, money laundering and tax evasion are among the crimes listed.
Arguably the most high-profile crime involves a lynching in Örebro’s no-go zone of Vivalla, where a mob attacked a man in what was believed to be a deal between rivalling gangs; a 31-year-old Daesh returnee delivered a final blow with scissors. The returnee acknowledged striking the victim in the head, not intending to kill him.
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According to the police, the former jihadist cut the victim in the face seven times. The returnee claimed he “saved people” and went so far as to demand a medal for his feat, the daily newspaper Expressen reported.
“Many of them have previously had a criminal background, so it’s hardly surprising,” Sweden’s leading terrorism researcher Magnus Ranstorp of the National Defence College…