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Police investigate Gothenburg bomb threat

Gothenburg police are investigating a bomb threat in the city that has been forwarded by a "reliable source" but remained short on details.

“We are working frenetically to try to clarify it,” said police spokesperson Björn Blixter.

There is currently no identified suspect and the threat has not been considered immediate enough to cordon off areas of the city.

“We are not advising against anyone visiting central Gothenburg,” said Blixter.

The police learned of the bomb threat on Friday. The warning came, according to police, from a reliable source.

“We are in a situation where we can not rule out the threat being carried out,” said Carina Persson at Gothenburg police.

Persson also said that there were no established connections to terrorists or terrorist organizations, information which has also been confirmed by the Security Service (Säpo).

The Security Service raised the terror alert in Sweden to “elevated” due to an increased threat level.

“We then spoke of a specific threat as a reason for why we raised the terror alert. At the moment we have no information which connects this threat to the information regarding a bomb threat in Gothenburg,” said Patrik Peter at Säpo on Friday.

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POLITICS

Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Green Party and Left Party have managed to oust the right-wing Moderates from power in Gothenburg, despite failing to strike a coalition deal with the Centre Party.

Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Left Party and Green Party will now take over the municipality with Jonas Attenius, group leader for the Social Democrats in the city, becoming the new mayor.

“We three parties are ready to together take responsibility for leading Gothenburg,” Attenius wrote to TT. “I am looking forward immensely to leading Gothenburg in the coming years.” 

The three parties will lead a minority government, with 40 out of 81 mandates, meaning it will dependent on mandates from the Centre Party to pass proposals. 

The three parties had hoped to bring the Centre Party into the coalition, but talks fell apart on Monday,  October 24th. 

“We our going into opposition, but our goal is to be an independent, liberal force, which can negotiate both to the left and to the right,” the party’s group leader in Gothenburg, Emmyly Bönfors told the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper. 

The end of talks in Gothenburg leave the Social Democrats leading coalition governments in all three of Sweden’s major cities, with Karin Wanngård appointed Mayor of Stockholm on October 17th. 

The Social Democrats had unbroken control in Malmö since 1994, after they regained power from the Moderates, who controlled the city from 1991-1994, and also from 1985-1988. 

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