Man dies following explosion at Stockholm metro station

A police spokesman says there is no reason to believe the explosion was terrorism-related

Man dies following explosion at Stockholm metro station

Swedish police search the area outside Varby Gard metro station, in Stockholm, near to where two people were injured in an explosion, 07-01-2018. Image: Henrik Montgomery/AP/Press Association Images

Updated 14:30

A man has died following an explosion at a metro station in Stockholm, according to Swedish police.

The man was seriously injured in the blast just after 11am and was taken to hospital. In a statement just after 2:15 this afternoon police confirmed the man had since died.

A murder investigation has now been opened.

Investigators said the man - believed to be aged in his 60’s - picked up an object from the ground. The object then exploded and “hurt the man seriously.”

The Aftonbladet has reported that the object was a hand grenade - however police have refused to comment.

A 45-year-old woman has also been taken to hospital, according to reports.

Swedish police cordon off the area outside Varby Gard metro station, in Stockholm, where two people were injured in an explosion, 07-01-2018. Image: Henrik Montgomery/AP/Press Association Images

The incident occurred at Varby Gard station on the Stockholm metro's T13 line.

Police said they were alerted to the incident just after 11am on Sunday.

A bomb squad was called to the scene to analyse evidence and look for additional explosives.

The station has been closed off pending a bomb squad investigation. Officers are also combing the area for potential further explosives.

Police patrols have been stepped up in the area.

A spokesman said there was no reason to believe the explosion was terrorism-related. 

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