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British schoolboy killed after grenade thrown through flat window in Gothenburg, Sweden

Published 22/08/2016

An eight-year-old British schoolboy has been identified as the victim in a "despicable and abhorrent" grenade attack during a family visit in Sweden.

Yuusuf Warsame, who was born and raised in Birmingham to Dutch parents, had been visiting relatives with his mother, brother and sister.

The explosive was thrown through the window of a third-floor flat in the Biskopsgården suburb of Gothenburg at around 3am on Monday morning, in what police have described as a possible revenge attack.

At least five children and several adults were inside at the time, said police. They said Yuusuf suffered serious injuries and later died in hospital.

Yuusuf's father Abdiwahid Warsame told the Birmingham Mail his son had died in the grenade attack, and that he was awaiting more information from the Swedish authorities.

Police spokesperson Thomas Fuxborg told the Swedish edition The Local that the incident was being investigated as murder, saying the block of flats housed residents with a number of serious criminal convictions.

"It could have ended much worse," he said.

"Someone was standing outside the apartment and threw a hand grenade through the window, into the living room. The boy was not part of the family registered at the address."

"This is abhorrent. From the outside it is impossible to know who is in the apartment. That it affects an eight-year-old completely innocent boy is despicable," he added.

Fuxborg said one of the men registered to the address Yuusuf was visiting had been involved in a fatal shooting at the address last year.

He said the two incidents could be linked. "We'll have to see if the motive is linked to that," he said. "Our theory is that it may be."

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