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Two injured in Stockholm metro blast

Two injured in Stockholm metro blast

Two people were injured in an explosion outside an underground station in southern Stockholm on Sunday, authorities said.

The man died after he picked up an object, believed to be a hand grenade, at the Varby gard station in Huddinge. "The woman who was with the man was several meters behind him", police officer Lars Alvarsjo told Swedish Television.

"The man was seriously injured after he picked up something from the ground and this device exploded", Olsson said.

Alvarsjo said Swedish police have "unfortunately" noticed a rise in the use of hand grenades by criminal groups in the Nordic country.




Police cordoned off the station and the square outside as bomb squad experts moved in to investigate.

Tabloids Aftonbladet and Expressen reported that the blast was thought to have been caused by a hand grenade, but police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson declined to confirm the reports.

The explosion occurred late on Sunday morning at the Varby Gard station, in Stockholm's south-west.

Police patrols will remain in the area throughout Sunday night and Monday, with the municipality offering crisis counseling to local residents.


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