Device explodes outside Stockholm metro station, injuring 2 people

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Two people have been injured, one of them seriously so, after a device exploded outside the Vårby Gård metro station in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, officials say. Only few details were immediately available.

The incident happened at about 11:07 a.m. local time on Sunday when emergency services were called to Vårby Gård, which is a relatively small station about 12 kilometers (7 miles) southwest of the city’s downtown area.

“According to preliminary information, the injured man had picked up an object from the ground, which then exploded and caused serious injuries. He has been taken to hospital,” police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson said.

A second person, identified by local media as a 45-year-old woman, also suffered injuries as a result of the explosion. Olsson said the metro station, as well as the surrounding area, have been closed while police carry out an investigation.

“I just got to the platform when I heard a loud bang,” an employee of railway operator MTR Express told Expressen TV.

Authorities provided no information about the possible cause of the explosion, but Olsson said there was no indication of a link to terrorism. One news report said the object may have been a hand grenade, although police have not confirmed that.

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