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Several police sweeps in wake of Stockholm attack

Updated söndag 9 april 2017 kl 10.24
Published söndag 9 april 2017 kl 10.01
Polce carry material outside an apartment building.
Police remove evidence after a raid on an apartment in Vårberg. It is unclear whether there are links to Friday's attack in Stockholm. Credit: Maja Suslin/TT

Swedish police have carried out a number of raids in Stockholm suburbs and in the city centre over the weekend, but have not confirmed whether there are links to Friday’s suspected terror attack.

On Sunday morning, the National Task Force – Sweden’s main counter-terrorism unit – carried out a sweep in the northern Stockholm suburb of Sollentuna, roughly 25 kilometres from where the 39-year-old suspected of carrying out Friday’s attack was arrested.

Police press spokeswoman Eva Nilsson did not want to say whether the Sollentuna sweep had anything to do with Friday's suspected terror attack or with the 39-year-old.

Speaking to the Swedish news agency TT, police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said two people were brought in for questioning in Sollentuna. He said: “We are carrying out a number of operations where we are running checks on and questioning people in order to clarify whether or not it has any bearing on the investigation.”

On Saturday afternoon, police apprehended at least one person in an apartment in the southern Stockholm suburb of Vårberg, a Swedish Radio journalist who was at the scene reported. According to information obtained by Swedish Radio, the 39-year-old terror suspect had been in the Vårberg apartment at some point before Friday’s attack.

A number of people were also apparently apprehended in the central Stockholm district of Kungsholmen on Saturday. They were taken in for questioning and can also be tied to the apartment in Vårberg, newspaper Expressen reported.

Swedish Radio’s reporter in Vårberg saw sniffer dogs and large crowds of people and journalists near the apartment at around 8pm on Saturday. Local residents said they had witnessed a dramatic sweep carried out by heavily armed police. One man appears to have been apprehended. However, police did not want to make a statement to the media in Vårberg.

The barriers around Drottninggatan – the site of the presumed terror attack – were removed on Saturday night as police completed their crime-scene investigation.

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