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Stockholm was again a scene for lethal gun violence at the end of August: four separate shootings left one person dead and another seriously wounded, Euractiv.com reports.

A total of 26 fatal shootings were reported in Sweden this year, 19 of them in Stockholm. In 220, the country recorded 366 shootings resulting in 47 deaths. In comparison to 22 European countries, only Croatia has experienced more gun-related deaths per capita in the past four years, Reuters reported.

According to Euractiv.com, gang warfare, social problems, segregation and drug trafficking are all part of the problem and largely explain the upward trend.

Sweden is attempting to tackle the problem through tougher measures.The police may receive more tools, including the ability to monitor mobile communications data. The appointed commission is also expected to draft a report on the situation by next year.

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