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Säpo probes embassy's toxic powder scare

Säpo probes embassy's toxic powder scare

Published: 22 Oct 2012 14:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Oct 2012 14:43 GMT+02:00

The embassy was evacuated late on Wednesday morning when an envelope containing a mystery white powder arrived at the Stockholm building.

Police and explosives experts were called in and the area was cordoned off until the package was removed. The staff and members of the public were allowed to return shortly after 2pm.

Later that afternoon, police were able to confirm that the powder was poisonous:

“I cannot discuss exactly what it is right now, but it has been determined that it is extremely toxic and corrosive,” said Fredrik Nylén of the Norrmalm police to the Expressen newspaper at the time.

Now, Säpo has taken over the investigation, although the service is yet to determine exactly what the substance is or why it was sent.

“We haven't had any results to our tests yet,” said Sara Kvarnström, Säpo spokesperson, to the TT news agency on Monday.

Meanwhile, Jeff Andersson, spokesperson for the embassy, chose not to comment on what effect the evacuation has had.

“I have nothing to say other than the investigation is ongoing,” he told The Local.

The incident has been classified as a case of “spreading a poison or virus”.

The US embassy in Stockholm has around 170 employees, although it remains unclear how many were in the building on Wednesday at the time of the incident.

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16:08 October 22, 2012 by byke
How can a powder be conformed as being "poisonous" & "extremely toxic and corrosive". Then to state "We haven't had any results to our tests yet,"

Go Sweden!

Seriously, how can their be such conflicting reports?

Unless the Swedish police force is looking to divert attention through mistruths or attempting to look like they are doing something.

This is akin to propaganda.
17:09 October 22, 2012 by isenhand
Norrmalm police determined that it is toxic but Säpö has taken over and they are waiting for the results form their test. So, you have two actors here and with different test results.
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