Man dies in Sweden after picking up suspected hand grenade

Man dies in Sweden after picking up suspected hand grenade

Man dies in Sweden after picking up suspected hand grenade

A man was killed and a woman injured in an explosion on Sunday outside a metro station in Stockholm, Sweden, police said.

"The man was seriously hurt injured after he picked up something from the ground and this device exploded", said Stockholm police spokesperson Sven-Erik Olsson, according to the Independent.

The Expressen and Aftonbladet newspapers said the device was a hand grenade, but that has not been confirmed.

Police also said the man died at the hospital and that the woman was also taken to the hospital and had wounds on her face and both legs.

Police activity near Varby Gard metro station
Police activity near Varby Gard metro station

Rescue official Lars-Ake Stevelind told Swedish broadcaster SVT that "someone has used some type of explosive material" for the object and that police were investigating it.

Police said fragment damages on the victims and findings at the scene indicated the explosive could be a hand grenade, possibly an old one. The report quoted police sources as saying that there was no indication that the explosion was directed against any individuals or property.

The three biggest cities in Sweden, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo, have seen several violent gang-related incidents in the past few years.

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