Sweden rocked by four blasts in one night

Published September 1, 2023
The destroyed entrance door to a building following an explosion in Gothenburg, Sweden. — AFP
The destroyed entrance door to a building following an explosion in Gothenburg, Sweden. — AFP

STOCKHOLM: Bomb squad experts have been called in after Swedish cities were rocked by four explosions in just over an hour, police said, with the country struggling to rein in a surge of gang-related violence.

Just after 1am local time, police in Gothenburg received reports of two explosions at separate addresses, just 10 minutes apart.

“Both sites have been cordoned off and technical investigations are ongoing,” police said, adding that the national bomb squad had been called to the scene.

“There are no reports of people being injured, only material damage,” police added.

An hour later another two explosions were reported minutes apart in Norsborg — a suburb south of Stockholm — and in Nykoping, about 100 kilometres south of the capital. In both cases, police said no one was hurt.

All four blasts were at residential buildings.

Sweden has struggled to rein in a surge of shootings and bombings in recent years as gangs settle scores fuelled by the drugs trade.

Published in Dawn, September 1st, 2023

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