Swedish police arrest two in connection with Danish tax agency blast

Two men have been arrested in connection with police investigation into an explosion at Denmark’s Skattestyrelsen (Tax Agency) earlier this month.

Swedish police arrest two in connection with Danish tax agency blast
The Danish Tax Agency on August 7th, after an explosion at its entrance the previous day. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Police in Swedish city Malmö confirmed the arrests on Thursday afternoon.

The men, aged 22 and 27, are both suspected of grossly endangering the public.

“Two people were arrested yesterday. They are suspected of involvement in the explosion at the Tax Agency,” Malmö police spokesperson Nils Norling said.

“We cannot make further comment,” Norling said.

It is unclear whether the men deny or accept the accusations.

Swedish police have until Saturday to decide whether to bring the men before a judge, who will determine whether they should be detained in Sweden or extradited to Denmark.

The arrests were also confirmed by Copenhagen Police.

“A further two people were arrested in Sweden yesterday in connection with the explosion at the Tax Agency on August 6th. We have no further information at this time,” Copenhagen Police tweeted.

The arrests bring the total number of suspects in the case to four. Of those, three are now in custody while one remains wanted by police. An international arrest warrant has been issued for the fourth suspect, a 23-year-old man.

Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten has reported that police have seized items from the 23-year-old’s home, based on comments provided by the man’s lawyer.

The first person to be arrested, a 22-year-old, will be handed over to Denmark by Sweden, a judge in Malmö ruled on Friday last week. Whether that decision will be appealed remains unclear.

The explosion at the Tax Agency occurred at the authority’s offices in the Nordhavn area of Copenhagen around 10pm on August 6th. Explosives were placed 60 centimetres from the entrance to the building.

A large blast damaged the façade of the building. One person sustained minor injuries.

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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.