‘False alarm’ over US embassy bomb scare

US ambassador to Sweden, Matthew Barzan, praised Swedish police for their professionalism in a statement confirming that the suspect package found at the embassy this morning was determined to pose no threat.

'False alarm' over US embassy bomb scare

“I want to thank the Stockholm police for their quick response and professionalism in dealing with this incident. We are relieved that there was no actual threat, and pleased that the excellent cooperation between the Embassy security team and the Stockholm police functioned perfectly,” the ambassador said.

Swedish police had earlier established that the incident concerned a regular package and did not contain explosives.

“We didn’t even need to destroy it,” Ulf Lindgren at Stockholm police confirmed to news agency TT.

Embassy staff sounded the alarm to police shortly after 10am on Friday that a suspicious package had been found at the embassy, with embassy security staff concluding that it contained an explosive.

The police bomb squad was sent to the US embassy in Stockholm on Friday morning after the suspicious package was delivered. It as yet unclear what the package in fact contains, but it has been declared safe.

The embassy has confirmed that it contacted the police in accordance with standard procedure.

“The Embassy was not evacuated and has returned to normal operations,” the embassy statement confirmed.

Embassy spokesperson Chris Dunnett had previously confirmed that all embassy personnel had been moved to safety for the duration of the incident.

An area around the embassy, which is located on Dag Hammarskjölds väg in the eastern parts of central Stockholm, was cordoned off by police for a time on Friday morning. The cordon has now been lifted.

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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.