Suicide bomber in central Stockholm
(Updated 3) First a car exploded at the busy shopping street Drottninggatan in central Stockholm. Then came another explosion some distance away and one man died. According to news agency TT, the man had blown himself to death. He carried six interconnected pipe bombs but only one exploded. He also had a backpack full of nails and a suspected explosive, according to newspaper Aftonbladet.
Alarm calls poured in to the Emergency Services from concerned residents about the explosions in central Stockholm on Saturday afternoon. But the initial information from the police was extremely unclear. First there was talk of two cars that exploded, later it proved to be just one.
“A car at street Olof Palmes gata has exploded, we got the alarm at two minutes over five o’clock PM. Two minutes later, we received yet another alarm about an explosion from street Bryggargatan some distance away,” said Ulf Göranzon, at the Stockholm Police.
At Bryggargatan a man was found dead. According to news agency TT the police assume that the man was not damaged in the car explosion, but that he somehow blasted himself.
According to witnesses, the man shouted something in Arabic before the bomb detonated.
The Swedish news agency TT reports that both them and the Swedish Security Service received a video-film only ten minutes before the explosions.
In the film a man addresses to “Sweden and the Swedish people”. He,among else, refers to the Swedish silence on artist Lars Vilks paintings of Mohammed, the Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan, saying that “now shall your children, daughters and sisters die as our brothers and sisters and children are dying.”