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Young arsonists set fire to hospital

Police have questioned a number of boys suspected of setting at least two fires inside Linköping University Hospital in central Sweden on Sunday night.

The fires were discovered in cardboard boxes at the north and south entrances at around 9.30pm. Staff at the hospital were quickly able to bring the flames under control.

“According to witnesses, there were around eight young guys,” said police spokesman Jan Fryksén.

The gang disappeared from the hospital area but police said they managed to trace a number of suspects.

Six boys, all under the age of 15, were questioned by the police before being taken home to their parents, newspaper Corren reports.

Because of the suspects’ young age, the case is to be handled by the social service authorities.

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‘Absolutely incredible’ no-one was seriously injured in Linköping explosion: police

Special police unit NOA (Nationella operativa avdelningen) will reinforce city police in Linköping on Saturday as efforts to clear up Friday morning’s explosion continue.

'Absolutely incredible' no-one was seriously injured in Linköping explosion: police
A police officer near the scene of the explosion in Linköping. Photo: Jeppe Gustafsson/TT

Investigation into Friday's blast, which injured around 20, is set to be extensive.

“It is absolutely incredible that nobody was seriously injured,” police press spokesperson Björn Öberg said.

Police have now limited street closures to the most severely-damaged sites.

“Assistance from NOA will arrive today and we are moving to a phase of pure investigation. It is a comprehensive job to put together all the leads and tip-offs we have had, so it will be a large investigation,” Öberg said.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with the explosion.

“We do not want to commit ourselves to a particular hypothesis,” Öberg said.

The explosion appears to have occurred just outside the apartment building which received the most damage.

That worse casualties did not result is down to pure luck, according to the police spokesperson.

Around 20 people received mild injuries in the explosion on Friday morning, with three being taken to the city’s University Hospital.

“They have splinters and cuts. Two patients are still here,” Region Östergötland medical officer Kim Berg said to press on Friday.

Either gas or explosives could have caused the blast, although explosives appear to be the most likely, Henric Östmark of the Swedish Defence Forces’ (Totalförsvaret) research unit told Corren.

“Most bomb explosions in Sweden in recent times have been smaller (than this),” Östmark said.

“We have to go quite far back in time to find something in Sweden with an explosion of this size,” he added.

Police said on Friday that they do not believe the explosion was linked to terror, but were not ruling anything out.

READ ALSO: Linköping blast: Explosive device blew up outside building

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