A gang of masked, black-clad men have rampaged through the streets of Stockholm after handing out leaflets threatening to attack migrant street youths.
The incident on Friday night highlights the growing tensions over immigration in Sweden, a country of 10 million which received 163,000 asylum seekers last year, and comes days after a 22-year old female worker was stabbed to death in a centre for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors in southwestern Sweden.
The police said one man had been arrested for punching a plain clothes officer in the face and another for carrying a brass knuckleduster, but the extent of any assaults against immigrants was not clear.
Swedish dailies said that according to witnesses a number of people had been attacked by the men who were thought to belong to "firms" of hooligans associated with local soccer teams.
The leaflets handed out on Friday, which were confirmed by police as being the same as were posted on Swedish social media, said, "When Swedish streets are no longer safe for ordinary Swedes it is our DUTY to fix the problem ... Today, therefore, 200 Swedish men gathered to make a statement against the North African 'street children' who are ranging around the capital's central station.
"The police have amply shown that it lacks the means to rein them in and we now see no alternative than for us to mete out the punishment they deserve."
A poll last week showed support for Sweden's ruling centre-left Social Democrats hit its lowest level in nearly 50 years, mainly because of a sense the government has been overwhelmed by the influx of asylum seekers.
In a move to boost confidence, the Swedish government said this week the country was likely to deport between 60,000 and 80,000 of last year's asylum seekers.
More than 35,000 unaccompanied minors sought asylum in Sweden last year, roughly half of them registered as 16 or 17-years-old. More than 23,000 unaccompanied minors were from Afghanistan.