Grenade explodes in Malmö apartment

An explosion reportedly caused by a hand grenade ripped through an apartment in Malmö in southern Sweden early Wednesday morning in what police have classified as an attempted murder.

Grenade explodes in Malmö apartment

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.

“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.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.