Bomb threat closes Stockholm shopping mall

Kista shopping centre in northern Stockholm was closed for several hours on Monday after a masked gang robbed a jewellery store and a suspicious package was later found in a stairwell.

Bomb threat closes Stockholm shopping mall

Police bomb technicians were able to load the suspicious object onto a bomb truck at around 1pm on Monday in order to transport it to a safe location for examination.

The suspected bomb was found in a stairwell, through which the robbers had fled, and the police decided to seal off the mall, calling in bomb technicians.

It remained unclear on Monday afternoon whether the object was dangerous, but at around 2pm shoppers were permitted to return to the shopping centre.

According to the Stockholm police, there is “very good witness information” concerning the robbers, who remained on the loose at 4pm on Monday afternoon.

The police also said that they plan to study images from surveillance cameras to assist in the identification of the gang.

Police were unable to specify the nature of the weapons used in the robbery.

“I can’t say for sure. There is talk about a pistol and a rifle of some kind, but whether they were genuine or not we don’t know.”

According to reports from the scene, hundreds of people gathered outside the popular mall in central Kista during lunchtime – both customers and employees of the many restaurants and stores.

Witness reports indicate that there were between two and four robbers, who were armed and masked. The gang made off with loot from one of the jewellery stores in the mall.

Police received an alarm call at around 10.19am on Monday, with no one is reported to have sustained any physical injuries.

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Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority

Two Swedish citizens are suspected in connection with last week’s explosion at the Danish Tax Agency. One of the two is in police custody.

Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority
Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov addresses the press. Photo: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov confirmed the arrests to press on Wednesday morning.

“Both individuals are suspected of carrying out the detonation at the Tax Agency,” Skov said.

One man, aged 22, was arrested in Swedish city Malmö on Tuesday and will be extradited to Denmark. Once he reaches Copenhagen he will appear for preliminary court proceedings, which the prosecution will request take place behind closed doors.

Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten reports the 22-year-old has no previous criminal convictions in the country.

The second man, a 23-year-old, is yet to be detained but an international arrest warrant for him has been issued, Skov said.

“During the night, we also searched several addresses in Sweden. We hereby confiscated what we believe to be a car used by the suspects,” he said.

“We have one suspect on the loose, which means we must be careful about what we say, out of consideration for the investigation,” he added.

The superintendent did not add any detail about how police were able to connect the two individuals to the August 6th explosion.

Skov also stressed that police do not believe the tax authority blast to be connected to a similar incident at a police station in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighbourhood in the early hours of Saturday.

“There is nothing to suggest (a connection),” he said.