Explosive Device Injures Two People Near Stockholm Subway Station

Violet Powell
January 8, 2018

One person died and another was slightly hurt Sunday in a blast outside a metro station in a Stockholm suburb, which police said did not appear to be a terrorist attack.

Media reports say it happened just outside the Varby Gard underground station in Huddinge, a residential district that is part of greater Stockholm, and that two people have been taken to hospital.

The man was taken the hospital but his injuries proved fatal.

A 45-year-old woman was also hospitalized, but her condition is unknown.

According to a Swedish police report published previous year, Sweden is the European country where criminal gangs use the most grenades, often from stocks from the former Yugoslavia.

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But police haven't confirmed the exact nature of the explosive device.

Originally investigated as a murder, police now do not believe the couple was targeted.

"We're suspecting that it's a hand grenade of some sort", Lars Alvarsjo, chief of Stockholm's southern police district, told the Swedish national broadcaster SVT.

The incident occurred at about 11:00 hours, local time, and the police immediately closed the station.

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