Suspected bomb in Filipstad

Police have sealed off parts of central Filipstad in Värmland, central Sweden, after a suspected bomb was found in a mailbox belonging to the Metall trade union.

The suspect package was found when someone went to empty the mailbox.

“Cables and possibly a battery were visible, so it was closed and the police were informed,” said Bjarne Andersson, duty commander at Värmland police.

“A police officer has visited the scene and suspects it to be a primed dynamite cartridge,” he added.

Police say that no threat has been received. The mailbox in in a three-storey building, which is largely occupied by apartments. The building has been evacuated.

“The situation is now on ice until the bomb disposal unit arrives from Gothenburg to conduct a more thorough investigation,” said Andersson.

Those who have been evacuated have gathered in Folkets Hus in the town.

TT/The Local


Swedish prosecutors upgrade Almedalen knife attack to terror crime

Prosecutors in Sweden are now treating the murder at the Almedalen political festival as a terror crime, with the country's Säpo security police taking over the investigation.

Swedish prosecutors upgrade Almedalen knife attack to terror crime

In a press release issued on Monday evening, the Swedish Prosecution Authority, said that the 32-year-old attacker, Theodor Engström, was now suspected of the crime of “terrorism through murder”, and also “preparation for a terror crime through preparation for murder”. 

Engström stabbed the psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren last Wednesday as she was on her way to moderate a seminar at the Almedalen political festival on the island of Gotland. 

Although he was a former member of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, police said his motive seemed to be to protest against Sweden’s psychiatry services, who he felt had treated his own mental illness badly. 

The release gave no details as to why the 32-year-old was now being investigated for a more serious crime, but terror expert Magnus Ranstorp told the Expressen newspaper that the shift indicated that police had uncovered new evidence. 

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“The new crime classification means that they’ve either found a political motive for the attack which meets the threshold for terrorism, and that might be a political motive for murdering Ing-Marie Wieselgren,” he said. “Or they might have discovered that he was scouting out a politician, or another target that could be considered political.” 

Engström’s defence lawyer said last week that his client, who he described as disturbed and incoherent, had spoken in police interrogations of having “a higher-up target”.