Three Muslim migrants have been arrested in Uppsala, Sweden over suspicions of gang rape. Local media report police were alerted after being tipped off that the crime was being streamed on Facebook last night.
The horrific assault took place in an apartment in Uppsala, Sweden.
Police rushed to the scene after they were tipped off by someone watching the live stream in horror.
Witnesses said the girl being gang-raped was close to unconscious at the time.
Webcam shows police arriving to save victim after terrifying three-hour rape by armed migrants.
Witness Josefine Lundgren, 21, called the police immediately when she tuned into the live footage.
She told Sweden’s Expressen: “He pulled her clothes off and lay on top of her.”
A few hours later she saw a uniformed policeman interrupt broadcast as he arrived at the scene. He confronted the men and demanded they come to the station before shutting off the webcam.
Another person, Loviisa, 22, says she came upon the page by accident while chatting online. What she saw shocked her, she said.
“Two guys pushing down a girl on the bed… I first thought it was a poorly-orchestrated joke. But it was not.”
According to Loviisa, there were 200 people watching the video at one point, before the police suddenly arrived on the scene and the video stopped, followed by sounds of commotion in the room. The police questioned the men before taking them to the station, she said.
“It’s screwed, totally sick,” another member of the closed group told Expressen. “How can you do such a thing to a girl? And how can you do it live…?”
It was not immediately clear how these members had received an invitation to the closed group.
The apartment is being examined by forensics specialists and the crime scene is closed off. Police spokesman Ivan Aslund told Aftonbladet the police will maintain “full confidentiality” at this time, declining to confirm anything further than the arrest over gang-rape suspicions.
“The first thing you think is ‘how can you do such a thing to a girl? And how can you do it live when you know that you are going to go there?’” a former member of the closed group told the Expressen.
“I think of course it is screwed, totally sick,” they added.
Regional police have begun an investigation and the apartment is being examined by forensic scientists.
UPDATE – April 26, 2017: Three Muslims – including two Afghan migrants – were sentenced to prison in Sweden for participating in a gang rape that was live streamed in a Facebook group.
The three Muslims, aged 18 to 24, were arrested in January in Uppsala, north of Stockholm, after police received tips about the rape streaming in the group of 60,000 members and interrupted the broadcast.
Two of the men are Afghan citizens and the third is a Swedish citizen of Afghan descent.
The 18-year-old man from Afghanistan was to one year in jail on account of rape, while the other man from Afghanistan was sentenced to 27 months.
The third man, a 24-year-old Swedish citizen who was filming the incident, was sentenced to six months in prison for gross defamation as well as for failing to report rape.
The Muslim men also were sentenced to pay total damages of 300,000 kronor ($33,890) to the victim.