Sweden hands over suspect in Danish Tax Agency bombing

A 22-year-old Swedish citizen who had resisted extradition has now been handed over to Denmark after his appeal against a court ruling failed.

Sweden hands over suspect in Danish Tax Agency bombing
The Danish Tax Agency on August 7th, after an explosion at its entrance the previous day. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

The man, a suspect in an explosion at the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen) earlier this month, was scheduled to appear before a judge in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

One person suffered mild injuries in the August 6th blast, while the façade of the building received major damage.

Police in Denmark believe that the 22-year-old, together with a second man, drove across the Øresund Bridge in a white Citroën Berlingo on the evening of the incident with the intention of setting off the explosion.

He appealed against extradition, but a judge at the district court in Malmö dismissed that appeal.

A 23-year-old Swede who is also suspected in the case remains at large and an international arrest warrant has been issued.

The Tax Agency blast was followed less than a week later by an explosion at a local police station in the Nørrebro neighbourhood, where a bomb exploded close to the entrance in the early hours of August 10th. No injuries occurred.

Copenhagen Police have said that the two incidents are not connected.

Justice Minister Nick Hækkerup has said he is considering firming up punishments for attacks on public authorities.

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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.