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Bomb rocks popular Malmö restaurant

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Bomb rocks popular Malmö restaurant
08:24 CEST+02:00
A powerful explosion rocked Lilla Torg in central Malmö early Tuesday morning causing extension damage to one of the square's many restaurants.

Some form of explosive was detonated at around 1.30am Tuesday outside Gökboet on Lilla Torg - a popular nightlife area in central Malmö with numerous restaurants and bars.

One person was taken to hospital with glass splinters in their face. According to initial reports the injured party was working as a night porter at the Hotel Renaissance on Master Johansgatan, a block away from the blast.

The bomb caused extensive damage to Gökboet and to several other buildings in the vicinity, with a number of windows smashed.

"Gökboet is located on quite a narrow street, so there was quite considerable damage," said Mikael Lindh at Malmö police.

No other people are reported to have sustained injuries in the attack.

The area has been cordoned off and police technicians were conducting an examination of the scene during the night to try to establish the exact nature of the explosive.

Police were reportedly not aware of any specific threats directed at the restaurant. Malmö police are working to identify all those with a connection to the restaurant and will conduct a number of interviews with witnesses.

The case has been classified as devastation endangering the general public, which falls under the Swedish Act on Criminal Responsibility for Terrorist Offences (2003:148).

"At the moment the incident is being classified as devastation endangering the general public. The technical examination has been completed, but it could take a while before we establish the type of explosive involved," Cindy Schönström Larsson told news agency TT on Tuesday morning.

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