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Bomb rocks iconic Malmö restaurant

Published: 22 Mar 2010 06:59 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Mar 2010 13:16 GMT+01:00

A powerful bomb explosion ripped through the grand old restaurant Hipp on Kalendegatan in central Malmö shortly before 2am on Monday.

The building opposite also sustained considerable damage as the explosion could be heard across the southern Swedish city.

A fire broke out in the restaurant but was extinguished fairly swiftly. No one was reported hurt but furniture and the inside of the restaurant sustained considerable damage.

The area around the landmark Malmö nightspot remained sealed off a couple of hours after the explosion as police technicians searched for an explanation.

"There has been speculation that a bomb was placed on the handle of the restaurant door, but judging by the damage it could have been left anywhere outside the restaurant," Göran Billberg at Malmö police told news agency TT.

Police have concluded from the crime scene that the bomb attack was directed at Hipp but remain in the dark as to why.

"There are no known threats against the restaurant which can explain the incident," Marie Keismar at Malmö police to news agency TT.

The police have been in contact with a large number of witnesses who had heard the explosion but it is as yet unclear if anyone actually saw it.

The Hippodrome building, which today houses a restaurant, theatre and nightclub, was built in 1900. From the 1950s to the 1990s the Hippodrome housed a free church.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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08:32 March 22, 2010 by marionettes.show
How did Malmö become a place of chaos?
10:56 March 22, 2010 by peropaco
Has the trademark of the Balkan organized crime. The police probably know this but are terrified to act.
13:23 March 22, 2010 by Nemesis
I am going to make an extremely radical suggestion to the police.

I know this is an idea completely new and very strange to you, but might be worth considering. After all the police most likely know most of the people involved on first name basis by now.

ARREST THE PEOPLE CARRYING OUT THE BOMBINGS, YOU BUNCH OF LAZY, COWARDLY, USELESS, F--KWITS.
13:41 March 22, 2010 by peropaco
@Nemesis. Wishful thinking. They would rather go out and arrest a skateboarder for skating in a public area ;-)
15:57 March 22, 2010 by magudbe
lol@peropaco.. or may be someone chewing harmless stimulant Khat
16:09 March 22, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
Two reason could be behind this sorts of attacks.

1) Another competitive Bar,Nightclub Hotel owner does not like others to run business in that area so they scaring people and damaging their property . it is very common in the small business to plot for one another.

2) European thief would like to keep busy the police and go and rub the Bank and escape with their cycles :)

So take it easy these things happens but i m glad nobody was hurt or killed.
16:36 March 22, 2010 by Nemesis
@ peropaco

You are right. They must devote all there time to the kid who copies one mp3 or patrol the pizza parlours for special offers.

What is needed in malmö is the Dublin Garda riot squad, to deal with this. Just tell them they get 10000 euros for each major criminal who's arrest still stands after two years, with 10000 of for every conviction that is squashed. They would probably turn Malmö and everywhere else upside down, but deal with the criminals.

Why are Swedes not telling there government to get of there ass's and do something about this?
17:32 March 22, 2010 by Mucker
@ Nemesis

What would a riot squad know about investigating a bombing? It's not like the bombers stick around afterwards to get arrested.

What's needed is solid detective work, not some culchie swinging a club.
17:41 March 22, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Mucker

The police in Malmö know who the bombers are. They are afraid of them.

Thats what the problem is.

That problem needs to be dealt with.

A culchie with a club would soon sort that out.
17:51 March 22, 2010 by bolababu
..well, the police in Gothenburg are doing a great job, i saw them arrest a noise-making drunk at Burger Kings yesterday.
20:45 March 22, 2010 by double concerto
Every few weeks, another club bombing. No arrests and the usual cop response of "we don't know who it is" I think it's more like don't want to know who it is. How on earth did Sweden become such an apathetic unmotivated collapsed wreck of a society so quickly!!!
20:51 March 22, 2010 by nrc71
yep, the police know who it is. They know who is causing all the problems but it is typical Swedish mentality: say nothing, do nothing and let everyone walk all over them. It is sick how this society is becoming so apathetic. Swedes really need to wake up. 10 years ago Malmö was a beautiful town, safe and clean. Today it is unrecognizable. Very sad that Swedes let trash over run them. You move here, respect the country and its people.
22:10 March 22, 2010 by mrp
Is there something special about the police in Malmö? Are they really that lazy? Because if the police in Stockholm knew who'd done something like that, they'd break down their door immediately. Why wouldn't they.
06:35 March 23, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
It's getting close to racist language.

It is racist suspicion Mr. Holmes: no smoke without fire, no bomb without a Muslim being there or somewhere in the neighbourhood, right there in Mayor Repaalu's Malmö county and that's the only reason why innocent people are fleeing from there?

A bomb explodes anywhere and Muslims are accused. Not gangsters, but Muslims?

As Mari Skurdal writes in Ordfront Nr.1 /2010 "Rasistiskt nyspråk I Norge" (Racist newspeak in Norway / New racist language in Norway) where the "Fremskrittspartiet " / "Progress Party" (a more successful version of the Sweden Democrats) is the second biggest party in that country, got 614,717 votes in the election last Autumn. Not that I'm accusing Sweden Democrats of racism, but we all should be careful about how we use the term Muslim, to accuse and complain or to jest.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progress_Party_%28Norway%29
07:10 March 23, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Newyork-Växjö

Wrong.
08:42 March 23, 2010 by karex
The police in Malmö are pathetic. My husband had my car parked out on the curb, looked out the window and a guy was breaking into the car! He rushed out and the guy ran away. Well, it just so happens that the man was well-known around those parts: a drug addict. People even kenw his name and address, which is exactly what my husband gave the police. They didn't even bother going over there.

Perhaps they would be more responsive if they started having to pay the damage caused by the crimes which they refuse to act on. They they might be more motivated to move their fannies.
11:01 March 23, 2010 by Dabulamanzi kaMpande
>It's getting close to racist language.

It might well be, but let's face it, the lad who got shot in the face last august, the lad who got popped in the middle of Stortorget at the end of January and all the shootings in between, the majority of muggings, assaults, bank robberies etc that happen in Malmö don't tend to involve ethnic Swedes. Well, not as the perpetrators, at least. Even if Metro DOES try to suggest this is the case, e.g. by calling the 15 year old who was robbing banks last year "Gustav". Amusingly enough, he ("Gustav") is the son of someone who is currently looking at some serious time for possible involvement in killing a couple of people in Dalby who ended up in a burning car outside Gothenburg, and is suspected for helping out there, too.

What does this prove? I honestly don't know.
13:14 March 23, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Great Warrior of the Zulu Nation,

As you know, Tribalism, Racis m, Xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism and Apartheid are all different names of the same disease.
13:31 March 23, 2010 by soultraveler3
eZee.se

What you said is so true, so sad and so scary. Seriously what is going on here?
13:41 March 23, 2010 by Zevdokat
Nemesis, your conspiracy theory about police sharing beds with restaurant bombers is clearly both feasible and researched. Unfortunately, the part which is feasible is not researched, and the part which is researched is not feasible. While the consistency of your overly opinionated and baseless statements on this and every other forum on the local is mildly entertaining, the part which is entertaining is based on my disbelief that you think so many articles are scripts for Hollywood crime films.
13:43 March 23, 2010 by svenskdod
The "new" Stockholm syndrome is the appeasement in the face of even more violence. Just keep quiet about it and there want be any MORE trouble. It escalates, and they say exactly the same thing.

Funny thing here, people in this forum argue that some crimes are policed, but others are not so much. Look at it form an economic perspective: Downloading is costing the industries of the country money, someone who is raped, costs the country no money, unless that is of course they have to incarcerate the perpetrator, but there are ways around that.

The morals of the people in charge are getting smudged by economic factors. These economic factors are becoming more and more overriding. I hope these people feel ashamed and loose sleep for this.
17:32 March 23, 2010 by eZee.se
Shame on thelocal for being cowardly and taking out my comment.
14:39 March 24, 2010 by Liquidmonkey
malmö has really turned into a total dive the last year.

it seems every month there is something MAJOR going on.

murder

nightclub fires

murder

stabbing

nightclub bombings

etc
09:32 March 26, 2010 by Kronaboy
@karex

There is nothing to stop you from brining action against the police for neglect of duty.
13:51 March 26, 2010 by KipHamilton
It doesn't seem likely to me that Muslim radicals had anything to do with this. If they had done it, it wouldn't have been at 2:00 AM when no one was there, but rather when the restaurant was packed with patrons, in order to inflict the greatest number of deaths possible. That's why they are called "terrorists".
11:38 March 27, 2010 by farfeldanmark
Hmmm.

If Malmö has really gotten that bad (and I wouldn't know, because I've never been there...), then maybe you need Rudy Giuliani to come over and be mayor.

Mr. "Zero Tolerance" will have it cleaned up in no time!
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