Swedes injured in Turkey tourist explosion

Four Swedes were among those injured in an explosion in the resort of Kemer in Turkey on Sunday morning.

Swedes injured in Turkey tourist explosion
A file image of Kemer bay and marina

Some 15 people were injured in the blast which disturbed the peace of the resort of Kemer explosion in the Mediterranean resort of Kemer in southern Turkey on Sunday morning, according to several media reports.

Among the injured were four Swedes.

“We can confirm that four Swedes have received minor injuries,” confirmed Pia Roed at the foreign ministry’s press office.

The cause of the explosion has not been established but it is thought that it was due to a gas hose from a hotel to a soda machine on the beach that exploded, according to the Dagens Nyheter daily.

The four Swedes affected by the blast travelled to Turkey with the Turkietresor tour agency.

According to the agency’s CEO Marie Andersson, the four were near the explosion on the beach.

“We sent them to the local hospital immediately, with one couple discharged immediately. One of the people in the other couple complained of pain in the ear passage, because there was a loud explosion, and so we transported them to a larger hospital with specialist care inside the region’s capital city of Antalya.”

Andersson told news agency TT that she has not received any conclusive reports on the nature of the explosion.

“But we do not believe that there was a bomb, the explosion was instead on a smaller scale.”

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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.