Man dies after blast at Stockholm underground station

The man sustained fatal injuries after picking up an object outside Vårby Gård stop

Swedish police investigate the area outside Vårby Gård station in Stockholm, where two people were injured, one fatally, in an explosion. Photograph: TT News Agency/Henrik Montgomery/AFP/Getty Images

Swedish police investigate the area outside Vårby Gård station in Stockholm, where two people were injured, one fatally, in an explosion. Photograph: TT News Agency/Henrik Montgomery/AFP/Getty Images

 

One man died after an explosion outside an underground station in Stockholm on Sunday, Swedish police have said, adding that they did not believe the incident was terrorism-related.

The man sustained fatal injuries after he picked up an object, a police spokesman said. Daily newspaper Aftonbladet said the object was thought to have been a hand grenade.

Police declined to confirm that report, for which the newspaper named no sources.

“There is obviously something that has exploded strongly . . . But we will have to wait for the technical investigation,” the spokesman said, adding that a murder investigation had been launched.

There was no reason to believe the event was linked to terrorism, he said.

A second person was injured in the explosion, which occured at the Vårby Gård station in the south of the city. It and an adjacent square were closed while police carried out checks. – Reuters