Arson suspected outside Saudi embassy

One man has been arrested following a suspicious car fire outside of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Stockholm on Wednesday afternoon.

Arson suspected outside Saudi embassy

Traffic has been blocked from sections of the city’s Östermalm district while the bomb technicians from the police comb the area.

Police received a call at 12.19pm about a burning car outside the Saudi embassy.

A man was arrested in the area on suspicions of arson.

Sweden’s security police, Säpo, have also been called in to aid in the investigation.

“We’re working together with police authorities in Stockholm,” said Säpo spokesperson Patrik Peter to the TT news agency.

“Clearly, we’re doing what we can to help police in Stockholm and are looking at what we can do about the matter.

At 2.14pm, bomb technicians began examining the area for possible undetonated explosive devices which may have remained in the car.

As of mid-afternoon on Wednesday, the normally busy Valhallavägen remained closed for traffic in both directions between Odengatan and Danderydsgatan.

But by 3.18pm, traffic was once again flowing as technicians failed to turn up any additional explosives.

According to Stockholm police spokesperson Towe Hägg, the charred remains of the car have been confiscated by police for additional forensic analysis, as has one additional vehicle believed to be used by the suspect.

Hägg had no information about the age or identity of the man arrested following the fire.

“He hasn’t said anything while on the scene and will be interrogated during the evening,” she told TT.

It’s also unclear exactly what the motive for the fire may have been.

“There are no known threats against the embassy,” said Hägg.

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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.