Woman’s flat in ruins after mystery bomb blast

What police are calling a bomb was thrown into an apartment in southern Sweden early on Monday morning, leaving parts of the flat "totally destroyed".

The explosion took place at a rental apartment located on Ripavägen in Skurup, a town about 40 kilometres east of Malmö in Sweden’s far south.

“It was really scary. We heard a really loud explosion that shook the whole building. I ran out into the stairwell and smelled smoke. We’re really shaken up,” a neighbour told the Expressen newspaper.

Police were called to the scene at 2.53am.

“Someone threw in some sort of bomb. Several adjacent apartments were damaged as their windows were blown out. But from what I understand, no one was injured,” police spokesman Peter Martinsson told the TT news agency.

A woman was in the apartment at the time of the blast and was taken to hospital after the incident, although police have said she didn’t sustain any injuries.

“Her living room was totally destroyed, but she was in a room nearby,” he said.

It remains unclear why the woman’s apartment was targeted by the explosion as there were no known threats against her, according to police.

“No shady characters live at the address. It’s a big question mark right now, we don’t know yet,” Martinsson said when asked if police had any theories about why the bomb was thrown at the woman’s apartment.

“We’ll see what the forensic investigators’ report reveals, and we’ll be interviewing people who live there during the day. But right now it’s just a big question mark.”

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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.