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Swedish police station damaged in explosion, no injuries

Police forensics work at the scene after a powerful explosion at the main entrance to a police station in Helsingborg, Sweden, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Swedish authorities said the explosion caused significant damage to the building. There have been no injuries and nobody has been arrested. (Johan Nilsson via TT News Agency via AP)
October 18, 2017 - 3:37 AM

COPENHAGEN - A powerful explosion caused serious damage to a police station in southern Sweden early Wednesday, authorities said, adding that there were no injuries and nobody has been arrested.

Police haven't said what caused the pre-dawn blast at the police station in Helsingborg, but the country's top police official, Dan Eliasson, called it "an attack against society." The explosion caused considerable damage to the police station's entrance and shattered dozens of windows in nearby buildings.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Malmo, Sweden's third largest city. Suburban feuds between criminal gangs fighting over territory have taken place in major Swedish cities in recent years. The explosion wasn't immediately being investigated as terrorism.

"It is fair to believe that this is a consequence of the good police work we do," senior officer Patric Heimbrand told a news conference. "We work in heavy criminal environments and some of them could be irritated. But to those I'd say that we cannot be influenced."

Regional police chief Carina Persson told a news conference that Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven had been informed of the blast as is customary after such incidents, but she didn't elaborate.

Lofven told Sweden's TT news agency that the blast was "extremely serious" and it was "an attack on our democracy."

"Violence against police must never be accepted," he was quoted as saying, adding the fight against serious crime must be intensified "with stricter laws, better tools and increased resources to the police."

Persson declined to comment on whether there could any links to a similar blast on Nov. 30, 2014, against a police station in Malmo which hasn't been solved.

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