Swedish man badly hurt in Baghdad blast

A Swedish man was seriously injured last weekend in a blast which rocked a neighbourhood in Iraq's capital Baghdad, the Swedish foreign ministry has confirmed.

“The doctors’ medical assessment will determine when he can come home to Sweden,” said Maria Parent at the foreign ministry press office.

The man is now being cared for in Turkey.

“He is in Turkey now, receiving specialist care that wasn’t available at the location,” Parent said.

The man is reported to be in his forties and is from western Sweden.

According to a report in the Expressen daily the explosion occurred in Baghdad, a city which still experiences regular bomb attacks in the war-torn country.

The Swedish foreign ministry had no information as to why the Swede was in Iraq.

The foreign ministry current recommendation for the country warns against all non-essential travel except for the provinces of Dohuk, Arbil and Sulaymaniyah.

The information on the ministry webpage was updated in July of last year and reads “until further notice”.

“Those who elect to travel to Iraq despite the ministry’s warning, do so entirely at their own risk,” the travel recommendation furthermore reads.

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