Man dies in Stockholm metro station blast

Man dies in Stockholm metro station blast

Police in Sweden say a man has been seriously injured after an explosion at a Stockholm subway station.

Police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson said witnesses saw the man, in his 60s, pick up an object off the ground "which promptly exploded".

It is being reported by local media that the second injured person is a 45-year-old woman.

The blast occurred mid-morning at the Varby gard station in Huddinge, a southern suburb of the Swedish capital.

Police patrols have been stepped up in the area and investigations are taking place.

Although some media said that the object was a hand grenade, the police have not confirmed that information or the possibility that it was a terrorist act. Technicians are still working on it.

Police said fragment damages on the victims and findings at the scene indicated the explosive could be a hand grenade, possibly an old one.

"We had incidents in the 1990s and early 2000s".

Numerous illegal hand grenades found in Sweden are being imported from former Yugoslav nations, he said.