Swedish police say several people have been injured after shots were fired in Sweden's third-largest city Monday.

Swedish news agency TT said the shootings happened in Malmo just after 8pm and quoted the city's police department saying "there is no reason for the public to worry".

Malmo police said five men were wounded.

Tabloid Aftonbladet quoted witnesses saying they heard what sounded like 15 to 20 shots. Witness Jonatan Burhoff told the newspaper he saw wounded people being carried to private cars that drove off "as fast as possible".

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Police said security at a hospital was stepped up after the gunfire was reported, adding that "one person had been taken to hospital in a private car".

Feuds between criminal gangs fighting over territory have taken place in major Swedish cities in recent years.

Aftonbladet

said the shootings were next to a police station so officers were there immediately.

There were no immediate details on the conditions of the injured men.

Pictures from the scene of the shooting show armed officers as well as a large number of paramedics.

Malmo is in the southwest of Sweden and is the port of entry for those crossing the Oresund Bridge from Denmark.

- AP