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Sweden Launches Terror Inquiry After Stockholm Bombing

Sunday, 12 December 2010 10:29 AM

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s domestic intelligence service will investigate two explosions that hit the heart of Stockholm’s central shopping district on Saturday, killing one man and injuring two other people, as “an act of terrorism,” authorities said Sunday.

A police forensics team examined the remains of a suspected suicide bomber in central Stockholm on Saturday.
But the country’s prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, stopped short of connecting the bombs to an e-mail that a Swedish news organization received minutes before the blasts, which seemed to link the attacks to anger over anti-Islamic cartoons and the war in Afghanistan.

A car parked near the busy shopping street of Drottninggatan exploded first, shortly before 5 p.m. local time Saturday, and the wreckage of the vehicle included gas canisters, authorities said. A second blast followed minutes later, and about 200 yards away. A man’s body, with blast injuries to his abdomen, was discovered after the second explosion.

Swedish newspapers portrayed the dead man as a suicide bomber, and the newspaper Aftonbladet said on its Web site that he had been carrying pipe bombs and a backpack full of nails. But the police declined to confirm this Sunday.

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