Police suspect murder as woman’s body burns

Police in Stockholm have launched a murder investigation after the charred remains of a woman's body were found outside a residential building in Bandhagen in southern Stockholm on Wednesday evening.

Police suspect murder as woman's body burns

Police had been called to the area after reports of an explosion. Police also received reports of a fire outside a residential building in the southern suburb.

“When police arrived at the scene it was no longer burning; it turned out to be a human body that had burned,” said police officer Ulrika Lönndal.

Details are unclear as to the cause of death or events surrounding the explosion and fire. Police are seeking a man for questioning in connection with the incident but would not say whether he is suspected of a crime.

The area has been cordoned off and is being subjected to a thorough search.

The body was very badly burned and police have not yet been able to identify the victim.

“But it has been possible to establish that it was a woman,” said Lönndal.

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Gothenburg apartment blast suspect found dead

Prosecutors have said that the man suspected as being behind a detonation in Gothenburg last week has been found dead on Wednesday after an apparent suicide.

Police by a Gothenburg pier
Police close to where the suspect's body was found in the water. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Named as Mark Lorentzon by Swedish media, the man was suspected of being behind the pre-dawn blast last Tuesday that injured 16 people at the building where he lived.

City workers pulled a body out of a central Gothenburg waterway early Wednesday that “was identified as that of the man sought by police and prosecutors… after the explosion in a building,” prosecutors said in a statement.

They added that suicide was the most plausible cause of death. The man was the subject of an international arrest warrant issued earlier this week.

The suspect, who had been due to be evicted from the building on the day of the explosion, had vanished without a trace.

The blast, which sparked a major fire, landed 16 people in hospital including four with serious injuries, and residents of 140 apartments were evacuated.