Gothenburg bomb scare ‘false alarm’

Gothenburg bomb scare 'false alarm'
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Police sealed off the area around Gothenburg's main bus terminal on Friday following reports of a possible bomb in a stolen car.

But several hours after the discovery of a suspicious device inside a bag, police technicians were able to confirm that it was not a bomb. The car and the device are to be taken in for further analysis.

“We want to find out more about what was in the bag,” said police spokesman Stefan Gustafsson.

A towing company employee contacted police after he was sent to collect two stolen cars. It is not known why he considered the bag suspicious.

Around sixty people were evacuated from the buildings around the terminal, while the bomb scare also brought traffic to a standstill.

The incident is the latest in a series of dramatic events to have taken place in the Gothenburg area over the last week.

On Monday shots were fired at a police station in Partille.

On Tuesday morning a car was shot in Backe. Later the same day, four police helicopters were perforated with bullet holes at a hangar in Gothenburg City Airport.

On Wednesday evening shots were fired at the door of an apartment in Angered.

Police believe that several of the incidents may be related to a feud between rival gangs in the city.