It sounds like an urban legend: A 60-year-old man bent over to pick up something outside of a subway station in Stockholm.
It exploded, exploding his hand and killing him.
But Swedish police say that’s exactly what happened Sunday morning outside the Varby Gard subway station in Huddinge, a suburb south of the city.
The witnesses say that the man bent to pick up something from the ground. When it exploded, he was quickly taken to the hospital, where he died.
A woman in her 40s was injured in the explosion. Police say he suffered minor injuries to his face and legs.
The police can not say with certainty what the device was or why it exploded. Rescue officer Lars-Ake Stevelind told the Swedish television channel SVT that “someone has used some kind of explosive material” for the object. The Aftonbladet and Expressen tabloids claimed it was a hand grenade, but police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson dismissed it on speculation, according to the Associated Press.
The police say they do not believe that terrorism is guilty or that the victims were attacked. For now, the station is cordoned off, as officers sweep the area in search of other possible explosives. They are also carefully reviewing the footage from the security camera.
This is just the last mysterious explosion in Sweden.
In October, the bombs were detonated throughout the country. Explosions broke out in at least two apartment buildings in Malmo. A hand grenade was thrown into a nightclub in Angelholm, which injured at least one person. A powerful explosion ripped the entrance to a police station. The entrance was filled with dynamite so powerful that it threw a piece of debris more than 250 feet away into the living room of someone’s house. The police attributed the attack to “criminal circles.”
Scares and threats from bombs are increasingly common. In the United States, right-wing media such as Infowars and Breitbart have cited the explosions as evidence that President Donald Trump is right in concluding that more open immigration policies mean more crime. But local outlets say there is another explanation.
According to the Local, “explosives are often used by organized crime gangs in Sweden, especially in the south, where scores and intimidation are common among drug traffickers, and police and judges are also targeted. regularly”.