Explosion hits building in Sweden's Gothenburg, 25 in hospital - radio

Reuters

Posted at Sep 28 2021 04:32 PM

 An emergency services crew works to evacuate people and put out fire as smoke comes out of windows after an explosion hit an apartment building in Annedal, central Gothenburg, Sweden, Sept. 28, 2021. Larsson Rosvall, TT News Agency/Reuters
An emergency services crew works to evacuate people and put out fire as smoke comes out of windows after an explosion hit an apartment building in Annedal, central Gothenburg, Sweden, Sept. 28, 2021. Larsson Rosvall, TT News Agency/Reuters

STOCKHOLM—About 25 people were taken to hospital after an explosion damaged a residential building in the Swedish city of Gothenburg early on Tuesday, public service radio SR reported.

Police said they had opened an investigation. The Sahlgrenska University Hospital spokesperson said 3 women were seriously injured among the people taken to hospital.

Emergency services said they were working to evacuate people and put out fires in the building.

"Several apartments and stairwells are affected. It is at present unclear what has caused the explosion," the emergency services for the wider Gothenburg area said.

A spokesperson for the emergency services said that several hundred people had been evacuated from the vicinity of the explosion and fire.

The immediate cause of the explosion and fire was unclear. The Nordic country has contended with surging gang crime in recent years, with rival groups employing explosives and fire arms to settle scores.

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