Alarm calls started to pour in to the Emergency Services from concerned residents after the explosions in central Stockholm on Saturday afternoon. But the initial information from the police was very unclear, it described two car explosions, but later it proved to be only one.
“A car at street Olof Palmes gata has exploded, we got the alarm at two minutes over five o'clock PM. Two minutes later, we received yet another alarm about an explosion from street Bryggargatan some distance away," said Ulf Göranzon, at the Stockholm Police.
A man was found dead at the place of the second explosion.
Shouted in Arabic
Police bomb technicians examined the dead man's bag by using a bomb robot.
Radiographs show that it contained a large quantity of nails and an unknown substance which is suspected to be explosives.
At least four ambulances were sent to the scene. Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, they had been in the vicinity of the explosions.
According to witnesses, the man shouted something in Arabic before the bomb detonated.
The Swedish news agency TT reports that both them and the Swedish Security Service received a email with an audio-file only ten minutes before the explosions.
In the audio-clip a man addresses "Sweden and the Swedish people". He refers to the Swedish silence on artist Lars Vilks paintings of the muslim prophet Mohammed, the Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan, saying that "now shall your children, daughters and sisters die like our brothers and sisters and children are dying."
Security Service: “A terrorist crime”
When the Security Service and the Stockholm Police held a press conference on Sunday, yesterday's bombings were officially entitled a terrorist crime.
The Security Service would not confirm that the email that came just before the blasts are linked to the attacks, but says that it is one of the things that are examined.
The Security Service also states that they do not raise the threat level in response to yesterday's events. The threat level was raised on October 1 from level two three, from “low” to “increased”, on a scale of five.
The Stockholm Police is now to increase its "presence and visibility" at shopping malls and other public places. The police also asked the public to report observations.
According to the Security Service, the Council Against Terrorism may be called to a meeting during the day. The Council is a forum for cooperation between fourteen Swedish authorities, among else the Office of the Public Prosecutor, the National Criminal Investigation Department, and the Armed Forces.