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Grenade explodes in Malmö apartment

TT/The Local/dl · 26 Jan 2011, 11:24

Published: 26 Jan 2011 08:57 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Jan 2011 11:24 GMT+01:00

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Two men who were in the apartment at the time of the blast were uninjured, despite extensive damage to the floor, walls, and furniture.

As of 6am Wednesday morning it remained unclear what exactly had been thrown into the apartment in the Kirseberg neighbourhood and caused the powerful explosion.

Marie Keismar, duty officer with the Skåne police, was unable to confirm media reports that the blast had been caused by a hand grenade.

Citing investigation confidentiality she also wouldn’t comment on which man police believe was the target of the attack.

The explosive device was thrown through the window of the second floor apartment. Neighbours were evacuated after the blast and the apartment was blocked off by police.

Forensic investigators were working throughout the morning to find clues. At the same time, the hunt for possible suspects is well underway.

Keismar emphasised that the police were devoting all available resources to secure evidence and other clues which could lead them to solve the crime.

“But right now we have no suspects,” she said.

She added that the police take the incident very seriously.

“It’s obviously also very unpleasant for those who live in the area when something like this happens,” said Keismar.

Speaking later on Wednesday morning, police spokesperson Bo Lundqvist told TT that neither of the two men in the apartment at the time of the blast wanted to cooperate in the investigation or be interviewed about what happened.

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"One of the men is well-known to the police, the other doesn't have a record whatsoever," he said.

No one has yet to be arrested in connection with the attack.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:36 January 26, 2011 by Ravioli
30 years ago this sort of weapon couldn't be found anywhere among the civilian population in Sweden much less Malmö. I wonder what has happened?
11:25 January 26, 2011 by theTRUTH4u
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11:39 January 26, 2011 by johnny1939
I lived for a while many years ago in Helsingborg and visited Malmö on quite a few occasions. Now it seems that both places have turned into hell holes of violence, antisemitism etc., etc. I am sure you can figure out why...very closer to the continent than other big Swedish cities so much of the crap making their way north stay there w/ easy access to the continent and no border controls.
11:49 January 26, 2011 by helveeta
Welcome to the new Sweden.
12:43 January 26, 2011 by Nemesis
Regarding the incident above. I am not surprised. The police turn a blind eye. The local politicians actually meet some of the major criminals and claim they are representatives of minority groups in Malmö. They know full well what they really are.
12:53 January 26, 2011 by Rishonim
And the police and the legal system will do nothing at all to the person owning that grenade. Had he defecated on the entrance of a shopping centre that would have been enough reason to throw the book at him but for owning explosive nej.. He will get a reprimand and force to pay for the damage. At most... ;-)
13:23 January 26, 2011 by Chickybee
Why are Swedes so frightened to say that Islamists are changing their country into a violent and dangerous place?

The word is Islamists. Not all Muslims are Islamists, but increasing use of explosives is used by Islamists now in Europe which was never the case before is a reality this is a common reality in the Middle East and now among Europeans but only if we tolerate it.

We need to condemn terrorism and deal with it - not shy away.
14:17 January 26, 2011 by johnny1939
Chickybee....we are so afraid to receive the label of being racists. I Myself, is guilty of that many times I feel like saying something to somebody re a certain situation and I decide not too because the person might think that I am a supporter of Jimmie. So as usual we Swedes are afraid to show our true feelings.
15:46 January 26, 2011 by countrysidedrive
Is everyone crazy.

You know it was a Swede who threw the grenade.

You know the type fair skin, atheist, educated, well mannered and passive. Quite blaming foreigners. It was probably one of those grumpy old ladies or one of those stupid A-Team members or a son mad at his friends for beating him at an Xbox game.. But it wasn't a someone with a foreign background.
16:05 January 26, 2011 by jimmy1988
How they get a grenade?
16:16 January 26, 2011 by dbeholder
@countrysidedrive don't be naive by trying to look naive.

Yeah it was the bloody foreigners, in their suitcases there's no clothes, only only drugs and grenades.
16:33 January 26, 2011 by Roy E
Obviously, Sweden needs stricter hand grenade control laws!
16:42 January 26, 2011 by Swedesmith
Make a law declaring it legal to sell hand grenades, but illegal to purchase them. That should solve the problem.
16:42 January 26, 2011 by blursd
It's a good thing Malmo got rid of all it's Jews, because we all know how violent it used to be when there were more of them in the area. It has been sooo much better since entire regions of the city have been taken over by immigrants from peaceful Muslim countries ...

Still waiting for a single story of Jewish suicide bomber targeting civilians at a cafe or on a bus ...
17:11 January 26, 2011 by truthworthy
now the bigots are getting more stupid. where in this report does this say anything about who throw the grenade and where does this say it was a Muslim or the target was a Muslim. Just stop it your non-sense is intolerable.

just like that extremist called Jimmie Akesson who is preaching against extremists. pure stupidity.
18:55 January 26, 2011 by Veronika Larsson
The story says nothing about the ethnicity of the victims nor the ethnicity of the person (if known) who launched the grenade.

As for the idea that only Arab immigrants commit crime, what is the ethnicity of the 38-year old man who was arrested for shooting people in Malmö?

That's right, a native Swede, Peter Mangs, charged with shooting three people and suspected of 10 more attacks.

Don't automatically assume anybody committing violence is an Arab immigrant. We have plenty of right-wing racist native Swedes who are just as able and willing to commit these deeds.
21:09 January 26, 2011 by wxman
Oh well, there's one less to put in Achmed's vest. And BTW Veronika, do you think the guy in Malmo would have done that had the demographics not changed over the years?
22:40 January 26, 2011 by Ravioli
Exactly, wxman. If the demographics of his city were what they were 30 years ago then we wouldn't have a Peter Mang running around trying to shoot people. Now we've got idiots blowing themselves up in the middle of STH and other idiots trying to launch Mumbai-style attacks on Jyllands-Posten. There's no excuse for that. It needs to be dealt with via deportation.
23:04 January 26, 2011 by Arturio
Maybe they though they were in iraq behind the frontline.
02:03 January 27, 2011 by samwise
the only solution is to ban hand grenades
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