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Police chase results in explosives discovery

The Local/js · 8 Dec 2011, 10:21

Published: 08 Dec 2011 10:21 GMT+01:00

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“Sometimes you need to be lucky. It’s a bit like fishing – you’re after a pike but catch a shark”, said police spokesperson Mikko Airén to news agency TT.

The explosives were discovered shortly after midnight on Tuesday night, according to Airén. The police came across the car by chance whilst working on a different case.

The police were conducting vehicle searches in the Västertorp area, south of Stockholm, and when the police stopped the car the driver refused to co-operate.

The car wouldn't stop, which was the start of a chase lasting from southern Stockholm to Kungsholmen in the centre.

"The vehicle drove away from the patrols and was dropped outside the Dagens Nyheter building. After searching the area, three men were arrested in possession of illegal weapons," said Patrik Eriksson of the police to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

The three men are now arrested on the grounds of constituting a danger to the public.

Criminal inspector Jesper Rundberg at the south Stockholm police did not want to elaborate on the find of explosives in the car, but told TT he believes at least one or two of the arrested will be released at some point during Thursday

It is not known what the explosives were meant to be used for and the find has now been transported to a military complex in Kungsängen.

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The three suspects are all born in the late 80’s and early 90’s and they are held at the police station in Västberga where they have been questioned by police.

Airén told TT that he didn't know as of yet if they had admitted anything during the questioning.

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Your comments about this article

12:34 December 8, 2011 by Whynot8
Release them all right away. I'm sure these unfortunate young men had unhappy childhoods. Their parents probably wouldn't let them play with fireworks.
12:59 December 8, 2011 by big5
Not to be picky but I believe the charges are better translated as "suspected of preparing to blow shlt up".
13:36 December 8, 2011 by robban70226
maybe they where just getting ready for a New Year Celebration party?
18:57 December 8, 2011 by Rapalyea
"The police were conducting vehicle searches..."

This is something I have never heard of here in the US. We have the occasional drunk driver check points. If you are drunk they can probably search your vehicle. I am not certain.

Outside of the international border areas cops can only search your vehicle if they have "probable cause." My buddy was towing his 28 foot boat in Florida awhile back. There was some sort of police stop on the highway. They asked if they could search his vehicle and he just said no and drove off.
21:09 December 8, 2011 by swenrika
@Rapalyea -

It is like you say in most countries, Police do not have the authority to search your car. They do however bypass this with an easy trick..... Could I see your First aid kit and warning triage"

Most people keep it in the boot so there you go, you have to open the boot and they are free to look at anything in sight. sneaky but effective :)

Customs officers however are allowed to search at anytime, hence it is not uncommon at a border that police will ask if they can search, if you say "no" they just call a customs officer and he will search or you get arrested.

As to this case, well done to the police !
10:26 December 9, 2011 by KungsholmenGuy
Terrorists are big on anniversaries. Maybe they wanted to explode themselves on the anniversary of last year's suicide bombing.
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