One dead after Stockholm explosions

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Rescue services spokesman Roger Sverndal said the car that exploded contained gas canisters

A car explosion which appeared to be a suicide attack injured two people and killed the apparent bomber in Stockholm.

Stockholm Police spokeswoman Petra Sjolander said a car exploded near Drottninggatan, a busy shopping street in the centre of the city. Shortly afterwards, a second explosion was heard on the same street and a man was found with injuries. He was later pronounced dead.

Sjolander said it was unclear what caused the second explosion and whether the two blasts were linked, but said a police bomb squad has been sent to the site.

Ten minutes before the blasts, Swedish news agency TT received an email saying “the time has come to take action.”

According to the news agency, the email referred to Sweden’s silence surrounding artist Lars Vilk’s drawing of Muhammad as a dog and its soldiers in Afghanistan.

“Now your children, daughters and sisters shall die like our brothers and sisters and children are dying,” the news agency quoted the email as saying.

Police said they were aware of the email, which had also been addressed to Sweden’s security police, but couldn’t immediately confirm a link to the explosions.

Rescue services spokesman Roger Sverndal said the car that exploded contained gas canisters.

Sweden – which has so far been spared any large terrorist attacks – raised its terror threat alert level from low to elevated in October because of “a shift in activities” among Swedish-based groups that could be plotting attacks there.

The security police said then that the terrorism threat in Sweden remained low compared to that in other European countries, and no attack was imminent.

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