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Bomb crew deployed after blast tears through two adjacent apartment buildings in Sweden

Bomb crew deployed after blast tears through two adjacent apartment buildings in Sweden

  • The explosion has blown windows and destroyed balconies in the apartments
  • The explosion took place in the center of Linkoping, 110 miles southwest of Stockholm
  • It is unclear whether there are still casualties at this stage

The Swedish police say that an explosion has been torn by two adjacent apartment buildings in a southern city.

It is not immediately clear whether there are victims.

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

According to police, a bomb attack was placed in the area shortly after 7:00 GMT (3 hours EDT) after the Friday explosion.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.

The explosion has blown windows and destroyed balconies in the buildings in the center of Linkoping

The explosion has blown windows and destroyed balconies in the buildings in the center of Linkoping

A spokeswoman for Linkoping University Hospital said that several people were taken to the hospital after the incident, but she did not know exactly how much.

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

The police said in a statement that several streets in the area were closed, but that there were no plans to evacuate residents.

Although the cause of the apparent explosion was unclear, Sweden has seen several cases in recent years where explosives were used in suspected gang-related attacks.

According to the police, a bomb attack was placed in the area after Friday's explosion. People can be milled outside the damaged buildings

According to the police, a bomb attack was placed in the area after Friday's explosion. People can be milled outside the damaged buildings

According to the police, a bomb attack was placed in the area after Friday's explosion. People can be milled outside the damaged buildings

The police said in a statement that several streets in the area were closed, but that there were no plans to evacuate residents

The police said in a statement that several streets in the area were closed, but that there were no plans to evacuate residents

The police said in a statement that several streets in the area were closed, but that there were no plans to evacuate residents

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