A group of ten or 12 men armed with iron bars, sledgehammers, bats and an ax attacked the inhabitants of an apartment in the Reykjavík district of Breidholt on Saturday. Seven were injured, one seriously with severe head trauma and a collapsed lung.
Police have arrested four individuals suspected of having participated in the attack and are searching for the remaining members of the gang, Morgunbladid reports.
The neighbors of the victims notified police but when the officers arrived the attackers had disappeared. The neighbors had written down the license plates of one of their cars, though, and thus police were able to locate part of the gang.
Police have confirmed that the attack was premeditated and it appears as if the gang was collecting a protective tariff. Both the attackers and the victims were of Polish origin.
Einar Skúlason, director of Ahús, the Intercultural Center in Reykjavík, said exploitative relations based on interests are sometimes created within groups of immigrants.
Skúlason explained that those who have better knowledge of the Icelandic language and system may sometimes take advantage of those who have recently arrived to the country and require assistance to adjust.
Skúlason emphasized that it is important that the public does not judge all immigrants because of negative news stories like this.