Powerful explosion in Swedish town of Linkoping

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Swedish police are investigating the source of a powerful  explosion that damaged buildings in the centre of Linkoping, a town in southern Sweden.

Swedish public radio reported that a large blast had destroyed the windows and balconies of a five-storey residential building and damaged other buildings. Swedish police said a bomb squad was sent  to the scene  and several people had been taken to hospital after the incident.

Suspected explosion damages buildings in Swedish town of Linkoping
Rescue personnel work outside a block of flats that were reportedly hit by an explosion in Linkoping, central Sweden, 07 June 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE/JEPPE GUSTAFSSON

Swedish police have now cordoned off several blocks around the area  but that there were no plans to evacuate residents.

Suspected explosion damages buildings in Swedish town of Linkoping
A view of a block of flats that was reportedly hit by an explosion in Linkoping, central Sweden, 07 June 2019. According to reports, a suspected explosion damaged the buildings in the Swedish town of Linkoping injuring at least 25 people. The cause of the incident is yet unknown. Photo: EPA-EFE/JEPPE GUSTAFSSON

While the cause of the apparent explosion was not clear, Sweden has seen several cases in recent years where explosives were used in suspected gang-related attacks.

 

Via DW

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