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Man arrested after bomb threat shuts train station

A man in his early twenties has been arrested on suspicion of calling in a bomb threat on Monday that prompted the evacuation of the central train station in Östersund, northern Sweden.

“The bomb squad has scanned the area and has not encountered any dangerous objects,” said Östersund police spokesperson Helena Hroh to the TT news agency.

The station was cordoned off and all rail traffic to and from the station was shut down during the day after the bomb threat was called into to the SOS Alarm emergency services at 9.15am on Monday morning.

According to the man, the bomb would “go off within two hours” after his call.

Bomb technicians and a bomb-sniffing dog were sent to Östersund by helicopter from Stockholm, a distance of some 460 kilometres.

Meanwhile, traffic in the centre of town near the station came to a complete standstill, as experts investigated the scene.

Just before 7pm, the police confirmed that the area was safe and the cordons were lifted.

The person suspected to have called in with the threat has been arrested.

“We have a man in his early 20s who is now arrested. He is suspected of making an aggravated false alarm,” said Hroh to TT.

Hroh gave no further details concerning the man’s arrest, and would not confirm how the man was tracked down by police.

Police are expected to release more information soon.

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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.

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