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One held after explosion in central Stockholm

One person is being held in connection with a blast in central Stockholm last week, police said as an explosion shook another Swedish town on Wednesday morning.

One held after explosion in central Stockholm
An explosion in Stockholm's Östermalm district last week. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Nobody received more than very minor injuries in the explosion on the second floor of an apartment building in the town of Norrköping at 6am on Wednesday, but two apartments were significantly damaged.

“There has been some kind of detonation. We can confirm that despite not yet having carried out the forensic examination of the scene,” police spokesperson Thomas Agnevik told Swedish news agency TT early in the morning.

Police spent the morning scouring the scene for evidence and collecting witness statements.

According to unconfirmed reports in the Aftonbladet newspaper, the target was a senior member of motorcycle gang No Surrender. The organization was also the suspected target of several other attacks in the area in the past year – including one of the biggest explosions in Sweden in decades.


Police at the scene of the explosion in the Hageby area of Norrköping. Photo: Magnus Andersson/TT

There were no immediate reports of connections to recent explosions in the Swedish capital which have been dominating headlines this week – one in the Husby suburb on Tuesday and another in the upmarket district Östermalm in central Stockholm on January 13th.

However, police said they were nevertheless continuing to look into possible connections with these and other blasts, as part of Operation Hoarfrost, an ongoing national task force investigating violent crime in Sweden.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Stockholm police said one person was in custody in connection with the blast on Gyllenstiernsgatan in Östermalm last week.

“The investigation continues at full strength,” read a police statement, which urged anyone with information to get in touch.

The explosion, which damaged windows and cars and could be heard several kilometres away, was described as “one of the most powerful explosions” in the capital. Nobody was injured in the blast.

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Man jailed for throwing stone at policeman in Sweden’s Easter riots

A 30-year-old man has been jailed for six months for throwing a stone at a policeman during one of the riots that swept Sweden over Easter.

Man jailed for throwing stone at policeman in Sweden's Easter riots

The man was found guilty of “violent rioting” and “attempted violence against an officer” for his behaviour during a riot in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on Good Friday. 

The sentence by the Solna District Court marks the first ruling connected with the unrest, which followed a series of Koran-burnings carried out by the Danish far-Right activist Rasmus Paludan. 

Although the man was found guilty of taking part in the riot, the court ruled that there was no evidence he was an organiser or instigator of the violence. 

“Many people were active and the crowd rushed back and forth for a long time. There has been no indication that [his] actions had any effect on the crowd “, the court wrote in its judgement. 

Although he threw a stone, it did no damage as the policeman managed to duck in time. 

READ ALSO: Swedish police say riots are ‘extremely serious crimes against society’

The police had requested SEK 10,000 in damages, but the court refused to award any, arguing that violence was to be expected at such a large riot. 

“This was a situation where the police had a clear reason to expect to be met by some violence, and can be assumed to have been prepared for this,” the court wrote.

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