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Explosion in southern town in Sweden injures 19, cause unclear

Rescue personnel outside a block of flats that were hit by an explosion in Linkoping Sweden Enlarge Image Rescue personnel outside a block of flats that were hit by an explosion in Linkoping Sweden. AP
Deanna Wagner | 09 June, 2019, 13:56

The Swedish police has ruled out that a terrorist attack was the cause of the strong blast that took place on Friday in two apartment buildings in Linkoping, where about 25 people were injured.

Officials said about 25 people received minor injuries in Linkoping, Sweden.

The bomb squad has been dispatched to the scene to investigate an explosion in Linkoping, a town in southern Sweden.

Swedish public radio reported that a large blast had destroyed the windows and balconies of a five-storey residential building and damaged other neighbouring buildings. "We have blocked the area and are working on getting a picture of exactly what has happened".

The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

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"As for now, we don't have any information to believe this is terror-related", police spokesman Bjorn Oberg said.

Damaged balconies and windows are seen at the site of an explosion in Linkoping, Sweden.

Cops told local media: "We started to get a large number of calls from people about a heavy explosion in central Linköping, on Hamngatan".

Police said in a statement that several blocks around the area had been cordoned off but that there were no plans to evacuate residents.

Rescue personnel outside a block of flats that were hit by an explosion, in Linkoping, Sweden, Friday, June 7, 2019.