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20 confirmed dead as explosion rocks a town in Southern Sweden

20 confirmed dead as bomb blast rocks a town in Southern Sweden
20 confirmed dead as bomb blast rocks a town in Southern Sweden

A bomb explosion has been reported in a residential street in the town of Linkoping in southern Sweden on Friday, as 20 people are already confirmed dead by the police.

According to Reuters which broke the news, reports that a police bomb squad was investigating the scene of the huge blast, which destroyed the windows and balconies of a five-story residential building and shattered windows on several neighbouring buildings.

We do not know what it is that detonated, but it is clearly some sort of explosive device. The preliminary location is outside the building, not in the building,” Magnus Skoglund, the head of the police investigation, told a news conference.

“We do not see it as an act of terror,” he said.

He said that the police had a working hypothesis as to who was targeted in the blast but that they were pursuing a broad line of inquiry in their investigation.

Pontus Johansson, a 21-year-old engineer who lives in a building nearby, said he was in the shower when he heard a loud bang.

“First I didn’t think it was anything bad, then I saw the neighbour’s window was broken so I left our apartment and saw the chaos outside,” he told Reuters.

Several blocks around the site of the blast remained cordoned off on Friday afternoon. Police said around 20 people had sustained minor injuries in the explosion, while regional authorities said two people remained hospitalized.

There have been several cases in recent years of explosives being used in suspected gang-related attacks in Sweden, and spokeswoman Asa Willsund said the police were looking into whether the blast was connected to local criminal groups.
(Reuters)

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