A nine-year-old boy who went missing after a controversial altercation in Sweden was found in Jutland last week, as reported by The Local on Friday. His 12-year-old friend has now also been found, Deputy Police Area Manager in Malmö Mats Karlsson told The Local on Tuesday afternoon.
“Both children are with social services in Denmark and the social services in Malmö have retracted their request for Swedish police to hand them over into their care,” he said.
Karlsson confirmed that responsibility for the children is now with the social services and Swedish police will not pick them up.
"I am happy they have been found and I am convinced they are now with the authorities best able to look after them," he said.
The news came as police were continuing to investigate claims two security guards attacked the two refugee children at Malmö train station earlier this week. Local newspaper Sydsvenskan obtained a video that appeared to show one of the guards pushing the nine-year-old onto the ground, sitting on him and holding his hands over his mouth. The boy could be heard reciting the Islamic prayer the Shahada ('There is only one God, and Muhammad is his Prophet').
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The second guard is shown in the same video clip, restraining the older boy on a bench at the station.
The two children somehow managed to flee the scene, eventually ending up in Denmark.
There has been speculation in the Swedish media that the pair are brothers and have relatives in Sweden and may have been at Malmö station searching for their parents or other family members. But police have been unable to confirm the rumours.