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New police task force after latest Malmö blast

TT/David Landes · 7 Jun 2011, 16:21

Published: 07 Jun 2011 16:21 GMT+02:00

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"It was a really serious explosion, not simply a firework," Malmö police spokesperson Göran Billberg told The Local.

The blast destroyed parts of the store's entryway and security shutter, but no one was injured.

Witnesses reported seeing a person leaving the area on Sallerupsvägen around the time of the explosion, which took place around 1am and was powerful enough to be heard in many parts of the city.

Police continue to investigate the blast, but have yet to make any arrests.

The store's owner had no explanation as to why the shop was targeted, and it remains unclear whether or not any threats may have been directed against the man.

"We're talking to the owner and the employees as part of an overall survey of the situation," said Billberg.

"There is nothing that has come up yet to indicate this was the work of organised criminals. It was a really small convenience store. It's the first time a story like that has been targeted."

According to Billberg, there have been 25 cases of small explosive devices being detonated in and around Malmö since the start of 2010, include a recent wave that started sometime in March.

Following Tuesday morning's attack, police in Malmö and Skåne County criminal police announced plans to launch a special task force to investigate the incidents.

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"We wanted to pool our resources and take things up to a county-wide level to see if there may be any connections to incidents elsewhere in Skåne," said Billberg.

"We hope to go deeper in our analytic work to look at some of the different theories as to why the explosions are taking place."

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:50 June 7, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
That's terrible.

22:26 June 7, 2011 by canuk
if you are referring to the police in malmö, yes your correct.
23:04 June 7, 2011 by philster61
See how wonderful "multiculturalism" is
01:21 June 8, 2011 by wenddiver
Malmo- Boy, those crazy Swedes sure are a violent group. Maybe I should sit next to the Iranian lady inthe Birka on the airplane.

Malmo-Sweden's own Lebanon. Come for the Multi-culturalism, stay for the criminal investigation.
07:34 June 8, 2011 by Rey Stockholm
There goes these blond haired blue eyed swedes again !
08:03 June 8, 2011 by Nemesis
According to the police there is no evidence of organised crime.

Did anyone ask that police officer what dimension he was from?

If this isn't organised crime I am a supermodel.
09:35 June 8, 2011 by infidel2012
Squeaky wheel get's the oil...

Welcome to Swerabia : )
09:55 June 8, 2011 by fauna
Underbart.....25 bombs in 18 months and several shootings. I wonder if Chicago was so bad in the 20's
14:11 June 8, 2011 by Syftfel
I hope this new police force is carrying sharp ammunition, and is encouraged to use it!
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