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Two arrested after Stockholm shopping centre is evacuated over suspected explosive object

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Two arrested after Stockholm shopping centre is evacuated over suspected explosive object
The Gallerian shopping mall in Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
17:03 CEST+02:00
Police have arrested two men on suspicion of breaching Sweden's flammable and explosive items law after a suspected explosive was found at a Stockholm shopping centre.

The two men were arrested in the vicinity of the Gallerian shopping mall in central Stockholm on Tuesday and the building was evacuated for just over an hour while a police bomb squad removed the object for examination.

A Stockholm police press spokesperson said they would not comment on the matter. When asked by The Local if there was any danger to the public, they replied however that "if we had made that assessment we would have said it".

Nor would police comment on a report in tabloid Aftonbladet that the suspected explosive was a "hand grenade-like object" found on one of the men while being searched by the mall's security guards.

Sweden has been struggling to crack down on the possession and use of hand grenades and illegal weapons by gangs in recent years, with explosives in circulation dating from the Yugoslav wars.

The Swedish government has proposed an amnesty between October 2018 and January 2019 in an effort to get grenades off Swedish streets.

READ ALSO: Why Swedish gangs use hand grenades (and what the country is doing about it)

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