Bomb squad deployed after blast rips through buildings in Sweden

Bomb squad deployed after blast rips through two adjacent apartment buildings in Sweden

  •  The blast has blown out windows and destroyed balconies in the apartments 
  • The explosion happened in central Linkoping 110 miles southwest of Stockholm
  • It’s unclear if there are any casualties at this stage 

Swedish police say a blast ripped through two adjacent apartment buildings in its southern city of Linkoping.

It isn’t immediately clear if there are casualties.

The explosion has blown out windows and destroyed balconies in the buildings in central Linkoping, about 175 kilometers (110 miles) southwest of Stockholm. One of the buildings had five stories, while the other had four floors.

Police said a bomb squad had been deployed to the area after Friday’s blast, which occurred shortly after 0700 GMT (3 am EDT) and local media reported at least 20 ambulances rushed to the scene.  

The cause of the blast wasn’t immediately known.  

The explosion has blown out windows and destroyed balconies in the buildings in central Linkoping

A spokeswoman at Linkoping University Hospital said several people had been taken to hospital after the incident but that she did not know exactly how many. 

Witness Pontus Johansson lived opposite the house where the explosion happened. 

He told Swedish media outlet, Aftonbladet the whole house shook when it hit.  

‘I was standing in the shower and noticed that it was shaking…It rumbled, like thunder, though more sharp. 

‘It’s pretty much chaos, and quite a lot of police here outside.’   

Photos being shared on social media show two multi-storey buildings with shattered windows and wrecked balconies, with some damage to their roofs also visible.

The explosion has blown out windows and destroyed balconies in the buildings in central Linkoping about 110 miles southwest of Stockholm

Police said in a statement that several blocks around the area had been cordoned off but that there were no plans to evacuate residents.

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. 

Police said in a statement that several blocks around the area had been cordoned off but that there were no plans to evacuate residents

 

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