World Sweden: explosive device detonates in Stockholm

Sweden: explosive device detonates in Stockholm

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Two police officers stand in front of an apartment building that was damaged in an explosion on Monday night.
Picture: AFP

On the night of Monday, an explosive device explodes in Stockholm and damages an apartment building. A little later there is a detonation in Uppsala. The police suspect criminal gangs are behind it.

SChweden has long been affected by deliberate detonations – now another violent explosion has caused damage to an apartment building. In front of the building in the Östermalm district of Stockholm, some vehicles were also badly damaged in the night of Monday, as pictures from the Swedish media showed. There are no signs of a terrorist background, according to the police.

According to eyewitness accounts, the explosion was heard in other parts of Stockholm, miles away. "It was one of the most powerful explosions we have had in this region so far," said Stockholm Police Chief Erik Widstrand at a press conference that afternoon. It was a stroke of luck that no one was injured in the process. The house was evacuated, the police said. 30 people should have left it.

Also in Uppsala – around 70 kilometers further north – there was a detonation on Monday night, according to Widstrand. Check whether there is a connection. Sweden is one of the richest countries in the world and has a low crime rate. However, gang crime has increased in recent years, often in connection with drug trafficking. In addition to shootings in which each
As dozens of people are killed and injured every year, rival groups regularly fire explosives to intimidate their opponents. There had also been several explosions in the Stockholm region. The investigators suspect the background in the gang environment. The perpetrators are rarely caught.

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