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Swedish police says disarmed explosive device in central Stockholm

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -Stockholm police destroyed a bag containing explosives that has been within a park in the Swedish capital late on Sunday night and so are investigating further, they said on Monday.

The incident occurred significantly less than three weeks before a Sept. 11 general election where crime is defined to be always a major issue among voters.

“Currently, there is absolutely no suspicion that is really a terror-related crime,” daily Dagens Nyheter quoted Erik Akerlund, chief of police for the city’s Norrmalm district, as saying.

An initial investigation has been opened no one has up to now been taken into custody. The authorities gave no information regarding who may have left the explosives or perhaps a possible target.

The park in central Stockholm where in fact the explosives were found have been among venues for the city’s annual Cultural Festival, which ran from Aug. 17 to Aug. 21, and had hosted concerts, family activities and events such as for example sumo wrestling.

The region was cordoned off and the bag disarmed by the bomb squad. Authorities completed a forensic examination in the first hours of Monday morning, the authorities said.

“Now all of the components will undoubtedly be examined,” Akerlund said in a statement.

“It really is only following a full examination at the national forensic centre that people can say if the dangerous object was functional.”

Sweden’s terrorist threat level has been at three on a scale of five – or “elevated” – since 2010 and security police said there have been no change due to the incident.

The united states is not at war for a lot more than 200 years, but members of the military took part in US peacekeeping activities in Mali, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo along with other countries.

In 2017, an Uzbek asylum seeker killed five people when he drove a stolen truck into shoppers on a pedestrian street only a few hundred yards from Kungstradgarden. He said during his trial he wished to punish Sweden because of its part in the global fight the militant Islamic State group.

Police and security forces have foiled a great many other planned attacks.

Recently, however, voters’ attention has been centered on a surge in gang violence which has pushed Sweden to close to the the surface of the table of shooting-related deaths in Europe in accordance with how big is its population.

Many polls put gang crime because the No.1 issue among voters prior to the upcoming vote.

(Reporting by Niklas Pollard and Simon Johnson, additional reporting by Supantha Mukherjee; Editing by Catherine Evans and Bernadette Baum)

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