(AFP) – Dec 11, 2010
STOCKHOLM — Two explosions in central Stockholm Saturday were a "terrorist" attack, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said, with one television report saying the only person to die was the bomber.
Bildt's comments, sent from his Twitter account, effectively confirmed earlier reports in the Swedish media that the two almost simultaneous explosions had been an attack.
"Most worrying attempt at terrorist attack in crowded part of central Stockholm," wrote Bildt.
"Failed -- but could have been truly catastrophic..." he added.
Earlier, neither the police nor the intelligence service had confirmed a report from Sweden's SVT television that the explosions had in fact been an attack, with the only person to die being the bomber.
SVT also reported that a bag filled with nails had been found near the body.
The two explosions went off in a shopping centre in the capital at around 5:00 pm (1600 GMT), SVT reported.
Earlier, police and the emergency services reported two almost simultaneous explosions in downtown Stockholm, with one person killed and two others injured.
The Swedish news agency TT reported that it had received messages about 10 minutes before the blasts in Arab and Swedish, warning of unspecified "action."
"Our acts will speak for themselves," TT quoted the message as saying. "Now your children, your daughters and your sisters will die as our brothers, our sisters and our children are dying."
It urged "mujahideen," or Islamic fighters, to rise up in Sweden and in Europe, the news agency said.
The message referred to the Swedish military presence in Afghanistan as part of the US-led international security force, TT added.
TT said a similar message had been sent to the Swedish Security Service SAPO.
Police said one explosion occurred in a car about 200 metres (650 feet) from the other.
The first blast in the car left two people in need of hospital treatment for minor injuries, said emergency services spokesman Bengt Norberg.
A second alert was received two minutes later and one person was found dead at the scene of this second blast which took place in the street, he added.
"I cannot confirm that the death is linked to the explosion of the car but I cannot deny it either," police spokeswoman Petra Sjolandero said.
She added that the car caught fire "following a series of explosions which could have been from gas canisters."
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