Stockholm station blast: Man dies in 'hand grenade' explosion

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A 45-year-old woman was also injured in the blast. "This is totally unacceptable", Alvarsjo said.

The Swedish tabloids Aftonbladet and Expressen claimed the device may have been a hand grenade but Olsson dismissed that as speculation. "It is surprising they have not detonated earlier", Alvarsjo said.

Police activity near Varby Gard metro station
Police activity near Varby Gard metro station

The man, in his 60s, was rushed to a hospital but later died, while the woman, in her mid-40s, suffered minor wounds to her face and both legs, Olsson said.

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

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The man sustained fatal injuries after he picked up an object, a police spokesman said.

Police checked in and around the subway station after the blast to make sure there were no other explosive devices.

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Police patrols will remain in the area throughout Sunday night and Monday, with the municipality offering crisis counseling to local residents.

A police spokesman said there was no reason to believe it was terrorism-related.

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