Police: Bag found at Stockholm festival contained explosive

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STOCKHOLM — A bag containing an explosive charge was found in a Stockholm park during an annual cultural festival and police have opened a preliminary investigation into attempted public destruction, Swedish police said on Monday.

On Sunday, a bag was found and its contents were immediately “assessed as dangerous”. The surrounding area was cordoned off and traffic was temporarily diverted, police said. A deminer neutralized the contents of the bag on the spot.

“Only after the investigation at the national forensic center will we be able to say whether the dangerous object was functional,” said local police chief Erik Åkerlund.

The police department said it was working “on a large scale,” interviewing witnesses and reviewing photo and video footage. At the moment, no one is in custody.

Police said the bag was found at 9.40pm on Sunday. The Aftonbladet newspaper said he was left near Café Opera, a famous nightclub.

The five-day Stockholm Culture Festival ended on Sunday with a concert by Iranian pop singer Ebi, whose real name is Ebrahim Hamedi and who is a well-known Iranian dissident. The free festival included musical acts, activities and performances in six areas of the Swedish capital.

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