Bomb technicians had to be called out to a shopping mall in Kristianstad late Monday evening after shoppers discovered a homemade explosive device. The incident is just the latest in a long line of recent incidents involving bombs in Sweden.
Police discovered the bomb outside of the C4 Shopping Mall at around 21:15 pm, after responding to reports that a suspicious object had been seen in the area, Kristianstadsbladet reports. The national bomb squad was then summoned to the scene to take over the situation.
“They came to the scene and disarm a small explosive charge,” said Peter Frostlund, the lead investigator at the Kristianstad police. Frostlund described the explosive device as a “homemade black powder bomb”.
Kristianstadsbladet, who has reviewed several photos of the explosive, mentioned that its shape was similar to a bottle.’
So far, no information is available on what damage the ‘black powder bomb’ could have caused, police spokesman Robert Loeffel stated. No suspects have been identified either.
In recent years, Sweden has seen an unprecedented rise in bombing incidents.
In the last two months alone, Sweden’s national bomb squad has been called to thirty separate incidents involving bombs. And, so far this year, approximately 100 bombing incidents have been reported, more than twice the number of blasts reported in the same time period in 2018, the Guardian reports.
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