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New ‘hoax’ threat at Stockholm expat school

Police were alerted after the British International School of Stockholm received its second threat in a week on Tuesday.

New 'hoax' threat at Stockholm expat school
The British International School of Stockholm. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Officers were understood to be treating the incident as a hoax. 

The exact nature of the threat was not known, but school officials told parents in an email seen by The Local that a menacing phone call had been picked up by the school's answering machine and appeared to have come from California in the United States.

The school stated that it had been advised by police not to evacuate the buildings.

Located in the suburb of Djursholm, the British International School of Stockholm provides education for up to 500 children, aged 3-13 (extending to 3-16 by 2017), of more than 45 nationalities.

The latest alert followed another bomb threat that sparked the evacuation of the school last week, as expat education centres in Stavanger in Norway and Budapest in Hungary received similar threats.

The British International School of Stavanger also experienced a second bomb alert shortly after the school day began on Tuesday, but pupils were allowed to return back to lessons after police found no evidence of any explosives.

Both fresh incidents came less than 24 hours after a number of Swedish schools and universities – including the University of Örebro in central Sweden – stayed closed for the day after they received various death threats via popular teens' app Jodel.

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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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