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Mystery explosion rocks Swedish tax office

Police were called in when a mystery explosion blew the door off a National Tax Agency (Skatteverket) office in southern Sweden on early Wednesday morning.

Mystery explosion rocks Swedish tax office

“There is no heightened threat against Skatteverket. But of course, we are taking this very seriously,” Kjell Dahlström, regional head of the agency, told the TT news agency.

The explosion occurred just before 2am on Wednesday morning at an office on Kungsgatan in central Malmö. No one was injured in the blast.

“We got several calls from people who had been woken up by a powerful bang,” Lars Lindwall of the Skåne police told the Sydsvenskan newspaper.

Officers arrived to find the front door of the building blown away and glass and debris spread over a 20-metre radius. Areas inside the building were affected by the blast.

Further details about the explosion remain unknown.

“We’ve had a forensic team on the scene throughout the night. We need to keep an eye out and see what it comes to,” Lindwall told the paper.

The building, which also has offices for the Swedish Enforcement Agency (Kronofogden), has over 500 employers.

Police still have no suspects, but have labelled the crime as public devastation (allmänfarlig ödeläggelse).

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EXPLOSION

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.

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