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Multiple clashes in Sweden over planned Quran burnings

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For the fourth day, clashes have continued in Sweden sparked by the apparent burning of a Quran by a far-right, anti-immigrant group. According to reports, at least three people were injured in the eastern city of Norrköping on Sunday when police tried to control the protestors.

Local media reported that many vehicles were set on fire and police have arrested 17 people. The Danish-Swedish extremist Rasmus Paludan, who leads the Stram Kurs, or Hard Line movement said he had burned Islam's most sacred text and would repeat the action.

The governments of Iraq and Iran also summoned Swedish envoys to protest the burning. Since Thursday, 16 police officers were reported to have been injured and several police vehicles destroyed in unrest.

Far0right groups planned the protests in major cities of Stockholm, Linköping, and Norrköping. Rasmus Paludan also threatened to hold another protest in Norrköping on Sunday.

Anders Thornberg, Sweden's national police chief said in a statement, "We have seen violent riots before. But this is something else."

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