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Dynamite blast at Malmö research centre

Dynamite blast at Malmö research centre

Published: 12 Apr 2010 11:39 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Apr 2010 13:44 GMT+02:00

Police in Malmö have said they were aware of a known threat to a hospital in the city where a bomb exploded in the early hours of Monday morning.

The threat was unrelated to animal testing carried out at the Clinical Research Centre (CRC), the front of which was blown off in a dynamite explosion at 2am.

"The animal rights activist lead has gone cold. There is instead another threat that we consider a lot more interesting," said police investigator Willy Persson.

The investigator refused to elaborate further on the nature of the threat, which was communicated to the police via telephone shortly after the bomb exploded. Persson said the blast was caused by a single stick of dynamite that was powerful enough to destroy a large number of window panes and leave clear marks in the stone paving where it had been placed.

"This type of criminality is hard to get at, but apparently there is a surveillance film. If we're lucky there'll be something on the film," said Persson.

Police had previously been considering the possibility of a link to animal rights activists.

"Of course that's one of our theories but it's too early at this stage to focus on just one theory," Martin Carlsson at Skåne police told Svenska Dagbladet on Monday morning.

The bomb attack has been classified as negligent endangerment and the building has been sealed off for forensic examination.

The police currently have no suspects in the case and no witnesses have come forward.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:42 April 12, 2010 by peropaco
Seems to me the Swedish police never have a clue about anything. And what with all these explosion in Sweden? Are we turning into another Beirut+
12:54 April 12, 2010 by Dazzler
There is a reason why only 5% of violent crimes are solved here, and its not because there isnt enough police.

Some needs to explain to me how a bomb placed in public, for the express purpose of destuction and murder is deemed as "negligent endangerment ".
13:01 April 12, 2010 by Nemesis
We do not need this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntingdon_Life_Sciences

to spread to Sweden.

If the police can not deal with it now, they need to bring in people who can stop it before it gets out of control, which it will.
13:28 April 12, 2010 by Eric Cantona
Seems to be an abundance of semtex knocking around Skåne - any old activist can just call in at the country barn where it's stashed and apply for a batch
13:43 April 12, 2010 by Luckystrike
If they do in fact test on animals then I have zero sympathy. Medicine for humans should be tested on humans...end of.

Otherwise, it seems..just another day in Malmö
14:31 April 12, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Eric Cantona

Dynamite is not semtex.

Dynamite is used for civilian blasting purposes, such as roadworks and mining.

Semtex is used by the military.

If Semtex was used the response would be very different and significantly more direct.
15:17 April 12, 2010 by Eric Cantona
@ Nemesis (AKA Angry Andrea)

So what? Get a life
15:31 April 12, 2010 by teslar
@Luckystrike

That's fine as a point of view as long as you then take it to the logical conclusion and refuse any medication that has been tested on animals when you are ill. And I even mean seriously ill, like "going to die unless you take the medication which was trialled on 50 mice". To be completely consistent, you should also require your loved ones and immediate family to adhere to this choice. Anything else just makes you a hypocrite.
15:41 April 12, 2010 by Luckystrike
You make a very good point Teslar! (Although i speak and control only myself, nobody else)

And to be honest, if that information is readily available on medication bottles / warnings by doctors.... for example, i would stand by my conviction.
16:02 April 12, 2010 by teslar
@Luckystrike

The information actually is readily available but I am not sure you will like it. ALL medication has at some point been tested on animals. It is a legal requirement before you can move on to testing on humans (which is a legal requirement before you can sell it to humans).

I suggest refining your conviction to reject only "needless" and "unnecessarily cruel" animal testing, e.g. tests that could just as well be carried out in vitro (e.g. with just cell cultures or blood samples) or even in computer simulations. This can for instance be testing for certain toxic reactions. Relying more and more on such methods reduces the amount of necessary animal testing plus it reduces the amount of testing that actually results in horrible pain/death of the animal.

But at some point, you're going to have to verify that the drug that you think is safe based on computer simulations really does fulfill that criterion - some animal testing will always happen. The hope (and aim of researchers in the field) thus has to be that all the preceding tests eventually become so good that the final tests cause as little suffering as possible for the animals.
18:13 April 12, 2010 by smartie
Luckily there is no such thing as 'needless' or 'unnecessarily cruel' animal testing for medical products. All animal testing is carried out within ethical permits with strict rules to limit suffering, and a lot of time is spent to make sure institutions follow these rules. As Teslar points out, all medicine is also then tested on humans after animal testing, as a necessity. Luckystar, if you want to avoid products tested on animals, then you'll have to avoid medicine altogether.

Animal testing is carried out with great respect and care to the animals and ultimately reduces human suffering. Take the drug Rituximab: Over 1.5 million patients have received this life-saving cancer therapy, vastly outweighing the number of mice sacrificed during its development (over 99% of animals used are mice). Animal testing saves lives - and not just human lives. Vetinary treatments for animals follow from procedures developed in human medicine.
21:33 April 12, 2010 by cbeynch
Is that how onme expresses political discourse in today's Sweden? With bombs? Whatever happend to democratic principles?Voting. Writing letters to our elected officials? There are many things I do not like, in fact absolutely detest, in today's Sweden. Social Democrats, unbridled immigration, cultural degradation, Hip-Hop music, Olof Palme, and lutfisk to mention a few. Does that mean that I too can start bombing and spreading mayhem? Where does one buy bombs? I could use a few.
23:02 April 12, 2010 by kenny8076
cbeynch. they dont buy them, they google them then make them.
23:46 April 12, 2010 by soultraveler3
Why don't the swedes in general seem even the slightest bit bothered that bombs go off almost every weekend in their country?

They should be screaming at the police and politicians to take whatever steps necessary to fix these problems because it's soon going to get way out of hand.
00:39 April 13, 2010 by The Poetician
@ cbeynch: So you detest Hip Hop music..Nobody told you to listen to it! it's not made in sweden anyway..Stick to your Ace of Base!! One thing for sure: The murderers of Olof Palme (and Anna Lindh too) are still at large, the whole world knows who they are..The day sweden will name them, I guarantee you a lot of The Local zealots will vanish without a trace..!!
01:07 April 13, 2010 by cbeynch
@The Poetician: Please embellish on your last sentence. Why would they vanish?
03:21 April 13, 2010 by xenyasai
Have we asked these animals if they want to be tested on? I wonder if we did the same to humans, just test on them without asking if we would care?

@teslar: If the suffering is so minor to animals, why not test on humans directly? Much more accurate and you can kind of say we rule out the middleman, or more correctly, the middle-animal.

@smartie: Who paid you to say that? Seriously! If it is so ethical and without cruelty, why not skip the animal testing and go direct to human testing so we can get quicker and more accurate results?
09:14 April 13, 2010 by calebian22
"Have we asked these animals if they want to be test subjects?" This is the lunacy of this debate. The anthropomorphising of animals is childish and flies in the face of Darwinism and any religious creation theory.
10:26 April 13, 2010 by BroX
@xenyasai: are you volunteering?
11:23 April 13, 2010 by smartie
Drugs are first tested on cells in petri dishes. It can be hard to then predict whether they will work in the same way in a whole animal. Because of this they are tested first in animals before people, this is easier than finding enough numbers of sick human patients with a specific disease, and putting them through a treatment procedure which may not work. In addition it is in case of harmful side effects. Why is it more acceptable for animals to suffer than humans? The question is whether animals, and by this i mean mice, are capable of suffering in the same way as we are. They do feel pain of course, but i think they suffer less psychologically. In addition, human suffering is greater due to our society: if an individual suffers so do his friends, family, etc. Making animals suffer is less cruel than making humans suffer, it is limited and controlled as much as possible, and eventually overall suffering is reduced due to the benefits from the medical advances.
11:51 April 13, 2010 by Audrian
The failure rate of policemen to apprehend criminals might not show Swedish policemen's relative incompetence. If any it might show their relative honesty.

In the rest of the world it is not unusual security officers operate in cahoots with criminal gangs, e.g., Mexico with drug cartels and US with the Mafia to mention a few, while in Sweden it is unusual. In dictatorial countries' security officers concentration is on the preservation of the shaky or criminal state, e.g., most of Africa.

Since the discovery of DNA testing, some lucky prisoners in the US (depending upon the state) were exonerated from the crime that they were charged and served several years of prison terms
12:32 April 13, 2010 by Flappytango
Drugs are always tested on animals.. We are lucky that they are. Deal with it!

It is true that there are ethical requirements and great effort is taken to minimize suffering. If a study does not go as expected and animals suffer they are sacrificed as quickly as possible.

Invitro testing is increasing but cannot replace many types of the required studies.

Oh it's not just mice either, but mice make up more than 50%.. Mice are not good models for comparing to human in all cases. I worked in a facility with over 25,000 animals. This included >1000 non-human primates (monkeys) and >1000 dogs. There were pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, cats etc etc... All of these animals are eventually sacrificed.

That is the way it is and will continu during our lifetime.
08:55 April 15, 2010 by americanska
Audrian - those were not a "few" examples. The Mafia?? I think you watch a few too many old movies.

How about corruption problems in Russia, Eastern Europe, China and, I get the feeling, Sweden. Or Italy! - now that I think of it pretty much all of Europe.

Maybe it's just socialist thinking - 2 years of prison for anyone suspected of a crime. guilty or not, seems fair.
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