New blast hits Malmö nightspot

Another explosion shook Malmö, in the south of Sweden, in the early hours of Monday when an explosive device detonated outside of the floating nightclub Prince Bernhard.

“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.

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

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Gothenburg apartment blast suspect found dead

Prosecutors have said that the man suspected as being behind a detonation in Gothenburg last week has been found dead on Wednesday after an apparent suicide.

Police by a Gothenburg pier
Police close to where the suspect's body was found in the water. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Named as Mark Lorentzon by Swedish media, the man was suspected of being behind the pre-dawn blast last Tuesday that injured 16 people at the building where he lived.

City workers pulled a body out of a central Gothenburg waterway early Wednesday that “was identified as that of the man sought by police and prosecutors… after the explosion in a building,” prosecutors said in a statement.

They added that suicide was the most plausible cause of death. The man was the subject of an international arrest warrant issued earlier this week.

The suspect, who had been due to be evicted from the building on the day of the explosion, had vanished without a trace.

The blast, which sparked a major fire, landed 16 people in hospital including four with serious injuries, and residents of 140 apartments were evacuated.