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Man arrested following Stockholm bomb attack

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man following a Sunday morning explosion in Stockholm’s Vasastan neighborhood which damaged a car and blew out more than 20 windows on Surbrungatan.

Man arrested following Stockholm bomb attack

Police suspect the attack was directed toward a car owned by a company which provides security guards.

“I was awakened by a huge noise at about seven o’clock. Then I heard all the glass crashing loudly. I saw a white cloud out on the street,” said Surbrungatan resident Ann-Charlotte Edmar.

No one was injured and damage to the vehicle was minimal.

The area was cordoned off by police as the police’s bomb technicians investigated the damaged vehicle, a Volvo XC 90.

Several hours later, police arrested the 29-year-old in central Stockholm.

“The person who usually drove the vehicle had made a statement and we’re investigating that information further. But we don’t want to discuss anything about our suspicions because we need to conduct the investigative work free of distractions,” said police spokesperson Towe Hägg.

In addition to the 29-year-old, two others were brought in for questioning.

“But they are not suspects,” said Hägg.

The Aftonbladet newspaper reported that the car which suffered the alleged bomb attack is owned by Bevakningskompaniet, a security guard company.

The company’s manager Tomas Broman confirmed to news agency TT that the car belonged to Bevakningskompaniet, but said little else.

“I have no idea if it’s some sort of gang or some crime syndicate. It could be anything,” he said.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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