Sweden apartment bombing that injured 16 ‘was carried out by man who was to be evicted from the building with his mother on the day of the explosion’
- The man is wanted on suspicion of public vandalism, but has not yet been found
- Local media report that he is a man in his fifties who lived with his mother in Goteborg
- Police have revealed they do not believe the blast is linked to gang crime
- Senior police officer said: ‘We still don’t know what caused the explosion’
An apartment bomb that injured 16 people in Sweden was allegedly carried out by a man who was to be evicted from the building along with his mother on the day of the explosion.
The man, who the police have not yet identified, is wanted on suspicion of public destruction, but has not been found.
Swedish media have reported that he was a man in his fifties who lived with his mother in the building in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city.
Senior police officer Anders Borjesson said: ‘We still don’t know what caused the explosion. The investigation is far from over.
“We still have a lot to do.”
Smoke pours from the windows of an apartment after an explosion hit the apartment building in the city of Gothenburg around 5 a.m. on September 28
Smoke comes out of the windows after the explosion in the Annedal area of central Gothenburg
Swedish media soon focused on the possibility that the explosion could be linked to feuding gangs, as the country has seen an increase in violence between organized crime groups.
But police have since revealed that they do not believe the blast is linked to gang crime.
Borjesson said the heat and lack of oxygen in the building had made it difficult for the researchers to do their job.
He declined to give details about the suspect.
According to the Aftonbladet daily, the owner had tried to evict the man and his mother from their apartment.
And the local newspaper Goteborg-Posten said an eviction was planned for Tuesday, the day the explosion happened.
Firefighters fight fire on September 28 in Goteborg
Paramedics take an injured person away on a stretcher
Smoke pours from the building as a fire truck cherry picker helps extinguish the fire
Aftonbladet said police charged the man with several alleged crimes a week before the blast.
The newspaper also reported that after he was banned from seeing his mother in a nursing home due to pandemic restrictions, he harassed several people, including the owner of the building.
The explosion shook the building in central Goteborg early Tuesday and subsequent fires spread to several apartments, leading to the evacuation of hundreds of residents. At least 140 apartments were damaged.
One of the four seriously injured was still in intensive care on Wednesday, Goteborg’s main hospital told Swedish broadcaster SVT.