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Stockholm explosion: Man killed as hand grenade explodes

Explosion took place outside a metro station

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Police in Stockholm have announced an investigation after a man was killed in a hand grenade explosion.

On Sunday, officials said that the 60-year-old man suffered severe injuries after he picked up a hand grenade off the floor and it blew up. 

The man’s partner, a 45-year-old woman too was rushed to the hospital with injuries to her face and lower body. 

The explosion took place outside a metro station in the southern district of the Swedish capital, Stockholm, at the Varby Gard metro station, which is on the Stockholm metro's T13 (red) line that links several southern and northern suburbs to the city centre.

Later in the day, officials said that even though the man was rushed to the hospital, doctors were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

While police have said that they have launched an investigation, they confirmed that they did not believe the incident was terrorism-related.

Commenting on a news report in the Aftonbladet newspaper that revealed the device was a hand grenade, Stockholm police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson said, “There is obviously something that has exploded strongly... But we will have to wait for the technical investigation," adding that a murder investigation had been launched.

The police added that they were alerted to an explosion outside the station just after 11am on Sunday.

Subsequently, a bomb squad was called to the scene to analyze evidence and look for additional explosives. 

A police dog also took part in the search.

Officers added that they were reviewing CCTV footage from the area.

The police spokesperson added that there was no reason to believe the event was linked to terrorism and it doesn't appear the victims were targeted.

After the explosion, an adjacent square along with the area of the incident were closed while police carried out checks.

One Metro line too was closed. 

Meanwhile, Lars-Ake Stevelind, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement, "Someone has used some kind of explosives. We do not know more than that."

Over the last few months, Sweden has recorded a rise in hand grenade attacks or incidents in recent years.

According to reports, the government is planning an amnesty for grenades and explosives later this year considering a rise in the number of similar incidents.

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