Two injured in Stockholm subway station explosion

by Garry Watts January 8, 2018, 0:53
Two injured in Stockholm subway station explosion

A man was killed and a woman injured when an object exploded Sunday outside a subway station in southern Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, Swedish Television reported on Sunday.

The explosion occurred late on Sunday morning at the Varby Gard station, in Stockholm's south-west.

A police spokesman said a man died after picking up an object outside the Varby Gard station in Stockholm.

A woman aged 45 was also hurt, suffering facial injuries, police said.

Police said fragment damages on the victims and findings at the scene indicated the explosive could be a hand grenade, possibly an old one. It and an adjacent square were closed while police carried out checks. Technicians are still working on it.

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Mr Alvarsjo said Swedish police have "unfortunately" noticed a rise in the use of hand grenades by criminal groups.

"We had incidents in the 1990s and early 2000s".

Mr Olsson added that it did not appear to have been an act of terrorism.

According to a Swedish police report published previous year, Sweden is the European country where criminal gangs use the most grenades, often from stocks from the former Yugoslavia.

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