Alexandra Mezher, a 22-year old woman working at a refugee shelter for unaccompanied children in Sweden has been fatally stabbed to death by a teenage asylum seeker. Police said a motive was not immediately clear and could not say whether the woman had been deliberately targeted during a fight between teenagers at the center in Mölndal, near Gothenburg. The shelter houses about a dozen refugees between 14 and 19 years old, who arrived in Europe as unaccompanied minors. The 15-year old alleged attacker had to be restrained by other asylum seekers, and has been arrested on suspicion of murder. “It is so terrible. She was a person who wanted to do good, who wanted to be good. And then someone murdered her when she’s doing her job,” a cousin of the victim was quoted as saying by Swedish tabloid Expressen.
The Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, visited the center on Monday, expressing his sadness at this “terrible crime”. He later told Radio Sweden: “I believe that there are quite many people in Sweden who are very concerned that there may be more cases of this kind, when Sweden receives so many children and youths arriving alone.” Sweden has become one of the main destinations in Europe for refugees and asylum seekers, with some 163,000 asylum applications last year alone (on a population of less than 10 million), while violent incidents at refugee shelters have gone up as well.
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