Suspected bomb was pen and green tape

The object which was found on Sunday in Sköndal in southern Stockholm turned out not to contain any explosive matter. After cordoning off the area, bomb technicians removed the object, which turned out to be a pen taped over with layers of green tape.

Suspected bomb was pen and green tape
Green tape used to wrap the explosive devices found in Sköndal, Stockholm.

“We had a call in the morning when a passer-by had observed a small green object on the side of the road,” said police on Sunday.

Although they weren’t sure about the nature of the find at first, the bomb technicians who arrived at the scene thought it best to have the object removed for further investigation.

To their surprise the mysterious object turned out to be a pen, wrapped in layer upon layer of green tape.

According to police, bomb technicians must treat any suspected find as if it is a danger until the opposite has been proved.

A forensic investigation will determine if the tape is the same as used to wrap around the explosive devices previously found in the area.

Two weeks ago a first explosive device was found when a 4-year-old girl was seriously injured following a discovery of a homemade device in the guttering in the preschool playground.

A few days later the police made two more discoveries where homemade bombs were found on a football field and near a playground.

Two boys, 15 and 18 have so far been remanded into custody, believed to be behind both the pre-school blast and the later discovered devices.

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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.