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Swedish police find suspicious object in town hit by blast

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – An area round a police station in the southern Swedish town of Linkoping was sealed off on Wednesday morning due to a potentially dangerous package-like object, police said, days after an explosion rocked a street there.

Police said a bomb squad would examine the object, but a spokesman said there was nothing to indicate links between the incidents nor any threats related to Wednesday’s object.

On Friday, an explosion on a residential street in Linkoping damaged several buildings and slightly injured around 20 people. [nL8N23E1IA]

There have been several cases in recent years of explosives used in suspected gang-related attacks, and police are investigating whether Friday’s blast was connected to local criminal groups.

The area sealed off in Linkoping includes a district court and the Swedish National Forensic Centre.

Reporting by Helena Soderpalm and Anna Ringstrom; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne

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