Explosion in a residential neighborhood in Stockholm with no injuries

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An explosion occurred in a residential neighborhood in Stockholm on Monday, causing damage to a building, according to the police, noting that the incident that did not lead to injuries comes in the wake of a series of bombings in the country.

Pictures published by Swedish media showed damage to the building’s facade, shattering the entrance, breaking glass and debris falling to the ground.

Also, the unknown cause of the explosion damaged a number of cars in the district of Ostermalm.

A police spokeswoman told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that “it is not possible at this time to determine whether the explosion occurred inside or outside the building.”

The police were informed of the explosion shortly after 01:00 a.m. (0000 GMT), and residents were evacuated from the building shortly after the security forces arrived.

An investigation was opened into “destroying the lives of the public in danger.”

Two hours later, at about 3:00 p.m., another explosion occurred in front of a nightclub in Uppsala, about 70 km north of Stockholm. There were no casualties, and it was not clear that there was any link between the two explosions.

Violence in Sweden, ranked as one of the richest countries in the world, remains few compared to other western countries.

However, in recent years, the country has seen an increase in gang violence, often linked to drug trafficking.

In addition to the shootings that expect dozens of deaths and injuries annually, gangs have started using explosives to intimidate their opponents, grenades, and hand-made bombs.

Between January and November 2019, there were 236 explosions, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, noting that very few of these explosions resulted in serious injuries.

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