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Two arrested for bomb attack on prosecutor

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of a bomb attack on the Trollhättan home of chief public prosecutor Barbro Jönsson in November 2007.

The men were remanded into custody by Malmö district court on Friday on suspicion of offences including attempted murder.

The arrest was made on Friday in a joint operation between police authorities in Skåne and Västra Götaland, according to a police statement.

The bomb attack on Barbro Jönsson’s home in Trollhättan in western Sweden on November 20th 2007 sparked outrage at the time.

Justice minister Beatrice Ask called the dawn bombing “a serious attack on the justice system and the democratic society”.

No one was hurt in the explosion but the front door of Jönsson’s house was damaged, the porch collapsed and a window was blown out.

The prosecutor had previously led cases against biker gang-related crime. In 2006 she prosecuted the 27-year-old chairman of the local branch of the Bandidos biker gang for contempt of court.

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Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority

Two Swedish citizens are suspected in connection with last week’s explosion at the Danish Tax Agency. One of the two is in police custody.

Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority
Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov addresses the press. Photo: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov confirmed the arrests to press on Wednesday morning.

“Both individuals are suspected of carrying out the detonation at the Tax Agency,” Skov said.

One man, aged 22, was arrested in Swedish city Malmö on Tuesday and will be extradited to Denmark. Once he reaches Copenhagen he will appear for preliminary court proceedings, which the prosecution will request take place behind closed doors.

Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten reports the 22-year-old has no previous criminal convictions in the country.

The second man, a 23-year-old, is yet to be detained but an international arrest warrant for him has been issued, Skov said.

“During the night, we also searched several addresses in Sweden. We hereby confiscated what we believe to be a car used by the suspects,” he said.

“We have one suspect on the loose, which means we must be careful about what we say, out of consideration for the investigation,” he added.

The superintendent did not add any detail about how police were able to connect the two individuals to the August 6th explosion.

Skov also stressed that police do not believe the tax authority blast to be connected to a similar incident at a police station in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighbourhood in the early hours of Saturday.

“There is nothing to suggest (a connection),” he said.

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