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White powder packages disrupt postal services

Updated måndag 12 januari 2015 kl 19.17
Published måndag 12 januari 2015 kl 15.18
Postnords terminal i Umeå. Foto: Joakim Silverdal/Sveriges Radio
The sorting office in Umeå. Photo: Joakim Silverdal/Sveriges Radio

Several locations in the northern counties of Västerbotten and Norrbotten were sealed off Monday while police investigated packages containing white powder, and in the evening, the tabloid Expressen reported that yet another envelope containing white powder had been delivered to the police in Helsingborg, in southern Sweden.

The package that came to the Helsingborg police was brought by a man who said he'd received it from a stranger, reports Expressen. A police bomb squad picked up the package to send it to Stockholm for analysis, and everyone who came in contact with it had to stay at the police station.

Earlier today in Northern Sweden, a letting company in Gällivare and a postal sorting office in Umeå were evacuated, because of backages containing white powder.

About 50 people were examined too see if they had been exposed to any harmful substance.

The disruption to the postal service means around 10,000 northern households will not get their mail Monday, according to news agency TT.

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