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New blast hits Malmö nightspot

TT/Rebecca Martin · 16 May 2011, 09:46

Published: 16 May 2011 09:46 GMT+02:00

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"We are classifying the crime as devastation endangering the general public “ said Lars-Håkan Lindholm of the local police to news agency TT.

A few minutes after midnight a powerful explosion was heard and minutes later the first calls came in to the security services.

People reported having heard a loud bang and a fire near the party boat Prince Bernhard.

However, the effects of the explosion were minor. The entrance door was destroyed and there was a small fire outside but no one was injured in the explosion on the boat, which is moored near the city’s former ferry terminal.

“The fire was put out by a security guard passing by. By the time we got there it was a matter for the police,” said local security services to TT.

According to the police, the incident was not as serious as they had feared.

“It was some kind of explosive device but there was only minor damage to the boat and the place was completely deserted so no one was harmed,“ said Lars-Håkan Lindholm of the local police to TT.

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A week ago, another and more powerful explosion rocked Lilla Torg in central Malmö in the early hours causing extensive damage to one of the square's many restaurants.

Since the beginning of the year there have been 6 explosions in the Malmö area. The police will now investigate any connections between the incidents

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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10:05 May 16, 2011 by Stickeroo
Ok...so what ended up happening in the "Lilla Torg" one? It gets reported and then just kinda gets rubbed from memory? You'd think they'd write a story about it every couple of days? Or are bombs just not a big deal here?
11:14 May 16, 2011 by McChatter
"The police will now investigate any connections between the incidents"

12:13 May 16, 2011 by Nemesis
This is ridiculous.

Why don't the police just do there job for once and arrest the idiots behind this?
12:32 May 16, 2011 by jack sprat
Mob rule !

To anyone who has an insight into Swedish affairs, it's been obvious for a very long time that the mobs have been given a virtually free hand to rule their turf as they please.

Now as might be expected we are seeing the next stage of mob warfare in their feuds to take overall control.

Shades of the Godfather.

All we need now is a severed horses head to turn up in someones bed.
13:00 May 16, 2011 by RobinHood
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
13:35 May 16, 2011 by djmarko
That place is turning into a no-go area!!! how did the place get so bad?? its pretty obvious organised crime is involved, the police dont usually get involved as the gangs usually settle scores in their own way, Swedish judicial system is so weak that even if convictions are made, the criminals can operate their empire behind bars or will be out to continue their criminal activity, Sweden can definitely borrow US 3 strikes and you are out for life!
13:56 May 16, 2011 by jack sprat
Bearing in mind that the mobs succesfully operate in numerous countries with much more strenuous law enforcement, ,they must have thought they'd died and gone to heaven when they moved in amongst the weak kneed Swedes.
14:11 May 16, 2011 by Syftfel
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14:16 May 16, 2011 by LonelyLove
I cannot imagine why Denmark are putting up customs controls between Malmo and Copenhagen.
14:17 May 16, 2011 by ruimove
Why you keep talking about "foreign gangs"?!This is probably a war between Bandidos and Hells Angels; Danes against Swedes for the control of drugs and guns trafficking in the South of Sweden like they did in the 90's.
14:18 May 16, 2011 by LonelyLove
More immigration to Malmo please!

It has led to a "booming" economy and "explosive" growth.
14:26 May 16, 2011 by ruimove
Being Swedish and critical of old S policies regarding immigrants I do find stupid to blame them for the bike gangs war, the ones who comment that can't be living in Sweden since they show lack of information about the Swedish criminal set.

MC are the ones ruling the crime in Sweden and they are mostly Swedish.
14:38 May 16, 2011 by Querist

Perhaps Malmo should be given back to the Danes. They'll straighten things out!

15:47 May 16, 2011 by stenhuggaren
Denmark has higher crime levels than Sweden - comes in at number four in fact. As does the US/UK and a vast majority of other countries: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_tot_cri_percap-crime-total-crimes-per-capita.
15:49 May 16, 2011 by swedejane
"The police will now investigate any connections between the incidents."

These sound like the same competent go-getters we have in Göteborg. Sitting around on their thumbs no doubt, afraid to actually go question suspects or...gasp...make an arrest. If this doesn't get nipped in the bud they're going to have a much bigger problem on their hands. Exhibit A: Mexico.
17:25 May 16, 2011 by StuartM
There's no evidence immigrants are responsible for this and I'm fed up with all the racist crap that populates The Local whenever anything like this happens. As has been pointed out Copenhagen has far less immigrants than Malmö but is just as dangerous and has had numerous incidents of gang violence and shoot-outs between criminals. Among the most dangerous are motorcycle gangs made up almost exclusively of ethnic Danes.
18:34 May 16, 2011 by Rick Methven
"MC are the ones ruling the crime in Sweden and they are mostly Swedish. "

Which was most probably why there wher 5 police cars round he local MC Road House today
18:35 May 16, 2011 by Infart
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18:37 May 16, 2011 by zooeden
Ok Stuart M, if this makes you feel better the Prince Bernhard club is an oldschool rat hole in which prostitutes, balcans, arabs and cocaine roll high as the night never ends. There is no hells angels in there, no danes, just scumbags; Go inside and you will find a show on who´s the most rich and dangerous mobster in town.... Im amazed no one has been killed earlier or that there have not been more police investigating that joint, everybody knows what goes around: my guess is that police gets a good cut from the bar which has a little more than half a million kroners per night on weekends, not that I know but if you do the math with so many champagne and drinks going back and forth it could add to that... I say blast them next time, not just the front door!!!! Despicable people just inside!!! Go and tell me otherwise please!!!!
18:54 May 16, 2011 by jan.petras
I would love to know why the hell this is happening. I mean Sweden never hurt anyone and it was all peace and quite and some retards suddenly decided to bomb us? Why in the world would they do that. It makes no sense.
19:09 May 16, 2011 by J. L. Belmar

Remember Pearl Harbour! Do not forget what the Minister of Finances, Anders Borg said some days ago. Sweden must control its boarders the same way Denmark is doing it. And, forgive me, but those "retards" are not bombing Sweden; they are reminding the restaurant and bar owners that either they pay a protection fee or they suffer the penalty for having said no. What is happening in Malmö, has nothing to do with the "Sweden never hurt anyone and it was all peace and quite" remark. Open your eyes!
20:46 May 16, 2011 by djmarko
has it occured to anyone that the police are probably scared of these gangsters, they know who they are, they are untouchable, the police are human as well, they have families to go home to, no point risking one life as these gangsters often operate street justice, everyone is involved from swedes of immigrants origins to ethnic Swedes, even the police themselves, it is called capitalism these days!!!
22:32 May 16, 2011 by muscle
the police is just there to take the animals from people's gardens! sheeeeeesh!
03:40 May 17, 2011 by SaraMx
It's funny for me how this is the third or fourth time someone mentions Mexico when they talk about crime in Sweden.

The mexican community in Sweden is almost unexistent, but yet some people has to use their stereotypical ideas to make a point about anything. This just comes to show how when this people brings up discriminatory comments about the immigrants in Sweden one shouldn't rely on them. They even look askance at people they haven't dealed with.
07:27 May 17, 2011 by Infart
@ Sara-

I'm pretty sure that what the previous poster was referring to was the current situation with the drug cartels, out of control violence and the military and police being unable to stop it. As much as I love Mexico, the fact that there is way too much violence there. The poster was saying that Malmö is headed in that direction. That's not racial discrimination, that's the truth.
08:31 May 17, 2011 by 15U
Despite all this blasts, Malmo is a very safety and calm area.

I'm an immigrant and I love Malmo. Thanks Swedish people for such a lovely place to live.
09:18 May 17, 2011 by SaraMx

I know the poster wasn't blaming mexican people, I'm just pointing out that such comments are totally irrelevant, saying "oh, Sweden is turning into Iraq... Malmö looks like you were in Mexico..."

Each time there's a rape charge in Mexico I wouldn't say "Oh, this is like Sweden now", that's BS.

Every country has a particular situation and can't be compared. I come from a city in the border MEX-USA and there was never bombs exploting nor shootings at daylight. There are bombings and shootings in Sweden? Well, I don't want to imagine what would happen if half of their population was deep into economical crisis like in Mexico.
09:41 May 17, 2011 by Marc the Texan
Lax law enforcement and weak criminal penalties are fertile breeding ground for protection rackets, extortion and organized crime. If protection rackets exist in Lilla Torg then they can operate anywhere in the city. How can Malmo tolerate this in the 21st century? This is an early 20th century problem for advanced countries. I really can't understand why Sweden tolerates this. Most countries have these problems due to corrupt police forces. It's amazing how the Swedish State has just tipped the balance so far toward protecting criminals that it seems to be grazing up against the same issues encountered in anarchic states.
15:26 May 17, 2011 by technoviking
@ 15U

"I'm an immigrant and I love Malmo."

Of course you do.

Bombings, lawlessness, rampant rapes and violence and Jew beatings... Just like home. How could you not love it?
17:18 May 17, 2011 by andrewsrocks
You are such crybabies, some fireworks explode probably set by teenagers and all you do is blame the islamist. Come back when something real happens.
21:24 May 17, 2011 by Lil Kim

It has been years since I have lived in Malmö, but I always felt safe there. My husband travels there for business a lot, and in fact he was staying at the Hotel Renaissance the night of the blast in Lilla Torg.

Those of you that are locals... do I have cause for concern with him traveling in Malmö right now? Being summer, he will want to go out & enjoy the night life... & most of this activity seems to be centered in the areas he frequents. Should I ask him to stay in Lund? Is it safer?

Truth, please :-)
05:00 May 18, 2011 by stablemate
another example of trouble in south sweden......
08:47 May 18, 2011 by Infart
@ Lil Kim-

As a recent/former resident of Malmö I can offer something. He should be fine considering the odds on something bad happening. As far as the nightlife is concerned, expect to see he can probably expect to see some conflict unless he goes to some of the higher end places but why risk it? Tell him to stay in Copenhagen and party there too. He'll have a much better time, a far lower risk of bombings/shootings and save some money too!
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