Explosion in Sweden wounds 19, cause not yet clear

Last Updated: Jun 07 2019 18:58
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STOCKHOLM- On Friday, a powerful explosion in the southern Swedish town of Linkoping damaged buildings and injured 19 people, according to the police and hospital staff.

The cause of the explosion is not yet clear but according to the police, a bomb squad was on its way to the scene in downtown Linkoping and that they had opened a criminal probe.

"Many people called in about a very powerful explosion which has led to a large number of windows being blown out," police spokesman Bjorn Oberg said. "So far we have been able to confirm that there are a number of people with light injuries. We have cordoned off a large area, several blocks."

According to Oberg, he could say anything about the things that might have caused the explosion.

Swedish public radio reported that a large blast had destroyed the windows and balconies of a five-storey residential building and damaged other buildings.

In a statement, regional authorities said that 19 people had sustained minor injuries in the blast and that Linkoping University, as well as other medical facilities in the area, had been called in to help care for those wounded.

"The hospitals are in this way preparing to receive a larger number of injured should that prove to be necessary, it said.