New lead on Stockholm preschool blast: police

A Stockholm preschool, in the southern suburb Farsta, was hit by an explosion on Thursday. Stockholm police now have two leads in the investigation of the explosion.

Firstly, two men arrested on Wednesday suspected of having blown up bus shelters are now being heard about the explosion at the school. Secondly, a new lead, which showed up on Friday, is now being investigated, and points to one or several other suspects.

“We’re looking into that more carefully, and we’ll see what we discover today,” said Christer Nilsson, operative manager at Söderortspolisen, southern Stockholm’s police force, to news agency TT.

The object behind the explosion at Solbacken preschool was a powerful home-made firecracker, reported the police on Friday.

A four year-old girl injured her hands in the blast, and was taken to the hospital, where she was operated upon for several hours. The girl was still in hospital on Friday, but under the circumstances felt reasonably well.

According to police reports, it is believed that she will make a complete recovery.

“The girl found the cracker inside the preschool’s area. It exploded in her hand,” said the Stockholm police force’s Lennart Löfgren to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The firecracker was lodged in the gutter of a shed in the preschool’s yard. When the girl pulled on the cracker, she heard a hissing noise before it exploded.

The incident has caused great concern among parents in the area, and employees at the preschool were shaken.

“We were very shocked, and feel strong empathy with the girl and her family,” said Lena Rabe, deputy district director of Farsta, to Dagens Nyheter.

“We’re responsible for looking over the yard, to ensure that there isn’t any glass, cans or anything of the like, and this is done daily,” explained Rabe, who didn’t want to comment on whether the preschool’s employees ought to have found the cracker in the gutter.

On Friday police searched through several other preschools in the area for more firecrackers.

“I’m worried there are more crackers deployed,” said Therese Biller, a concerned parent living in the area.

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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.