Who’s behind Lund’s spate of car burnings?

The university town of Lund has seen a spate of car burnings over the last ten days, and police are stumped as to the possible motive.

Who's behind Lund's spate of car burnings?
A burned out car in Lund. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Patrik Isacsson, the local police chief, said that his city was home to few of the angry, marginalized youths associated with past spates of car burnings in troubled districts like Husby and Rinkeby in Stockholm. 
“We have none of that sort of social unrest,” he told the Sydsvenskan newspaper. “The police have not antagonized any young guys who might want to then take revenge.” 
Lund has seen eight cars set on fire in the past ten days, with the most recent, an attack on a parked taxi on Norrängavägen in the east of the city, taking place early on Monday morning. 
Cars have been set alight across the city, often in locations close to the city centre. 
Isacsson said that the police were struggling to get a lead as none of the owners of the burned cars appeared to have any relation with one another. 
“We just don't know,” he admitted. 
“We are looking at youths in gangs, we're looking at pyromaniacs, we're checking out the people who like to stand and watch when they're burning, and we're looking at people who are mentally unwell and who want to get their frustration out through lighting fires.”
It was also possible that the burnings were part of an insurance fraud, Isacsson said, although he admitted this looked unlikely given the apparent lack of connection between the victims. 

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Military joins fight against new wildfire on Spain’s Tenerife

Spain's military deployed Thursday to help battle a wildfire on the Canary Island of Tenerife, which reignited after ravaging thousands of hectares of land in August, officials said.

Military joins fight against new wildfire on Spain's Tenerife

Some 120 people were battling the blaze in the northeast of the island, including 60 members of the army’s Military Emergency Unit and 26 army vehicles, the unit wrote on the social media network X, formerly called Twitter.

The regional government of Tenerife requested assistance from the army late Wednesday as strong winds fanned the flames.

The fire forced the evacuation of some 3,000 people from the town of Santa Ursula, and another 200 from La Orotava, the regional government said.

The blaze — which first broke out on August 15 — was declared under control on September 11 after destroying around 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of woodland, but was never fully put out.

The fire rekindled on Wednesday amid scorching temperatures in Tenerife, with the mercury nearing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of the island.

“It is the same fire. We have to remember that it was declared under control but not extinguished,” the director of Tenerife’s emergency services, Ivan Martin, told local television, adding the fire was burning closer to built-up areas this time around.

Winds had died down in the morning, helping firefighters in the battle against the blaze, but they were forecast to pick up in the afternoon as temperatures soar.

Popular tourist areas on Tenerife, part of the Canaries archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, have so far been unaffected and its two airports have been operating normally.

The seven-island archipelago is located off the northwest coast of Africa and southwest of mainland Spain. At their nearest point, the islands are 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Morocco.

As global temperatures rise due to climate change, scientists have warned that heatwaves will become more frequent and more intense.