The Swedish city of Kumla may see its train services suspended amid an increase of violent incidents involving migrants, according to reports.
SJ, a state-run train operator, announced a surge of attacks and threats against employees and passengers could force them to temporarily cease service to the city, where migrants gangs are reportedly roaming freely and terrorizing locals.
"Due to the current situation, SJ has taken a number of measures such as increased staffing on the trains, security efforts and increased cooperation with the police," SJ explained in a statement.
"In addition, a dialogue with the municipalities of Kumla and Hallsberg has been initiated for discussion and decision on joint measures to counteract the insecurity that arises on certain departures and in the station environment."
The majority of perpetrators have been identified as young males with African or Middle Eastern backgrounds.
"Afghans, Somalis and Eritreans have been singled out as responsible for the threat and violence that has hit Kumla which makes SJ consider stopping its trains in the city," Samhällsnytt reports, citing information gathered from police and local citizens and businesspeople.
In many cases, migrant men are caught riding without tickets, and when confronted by train conductors, they become aggressive, hitting or spitting upon employees and damaging property.
One woman who was traveling with her children described a recent incident where two Afghan males attacked a female conductor who tried to prevent them from boarding.
"They tried to push past on the side of the conductor. And the conductor put her arms out to the sides to stop them," the woman said. "They started arguing and shouting that she was a racist. They started kicking her. Then she began to shout and then another conductor came to her rescue."
"They stood and kicked continuously on the train door when the conductors would close it. Then something went wrong with the door, so it was not possible to get it closed. The conductors stood quite a long time ago and tried to get the door closed and then one man continued to kick at the other doors."
Another local woman says Swedes are afraid to leave their homes, especially at night, as packs of migrant men wander the town looking for trouble.
"I do not go out by myself in the evenings," she said. "They are very large gangs, that is why people do not go out."
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