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King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia are visiting Värmland, including Forshaga. Photo: Sara Johansson/Swedish Radio
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Police outside the residence of the county governor, named as the target of the threatened bombs. Photo: Lars-Gunnar Olsson/Swedish Radio
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Police will seal off a greater area of the city, as a reaction. Photo: Lars-Gunnar Olsson/Sveriges Radio.
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King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia are visiting Värmland, including Forshaga. Photo: Sara Johansson/Swedish Radio
no detonation - threat lifted

Royals targets of Karlstad car bomb threats

The Royal visit to Karlstad of the King and Queen carried on as normal Thursday evening, several hours after large parts of the central Swedish town was shut to traffic following an earlier bomb threat, delivered in a hand-written letter to a local newspaper. 

The threat of a car bomb at 5:P.M at the main square never materialised and police had removed all roadblocks by 6:P.M. and traffic was soon moving freely again. The bomb squad, sniffer dogs and helicopters have all left Karlstad although the police say they will remain vigilant. 

The letter, in poor English, published on the website of the Nya-Wermlands Tidning, warned of several explosions at 5:P.M in the main square in Karlstad and expressed "big sympathy four our leader" [sic] Oslo killer Anders Behring Breivik.

The letter added that homosexuals will be future targets of the group. The letter also claimed to come from a group behind the 1986 murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme.

Later in the afternoon another bomb threat arrived, signed by a different group and sent as an e-mail to the newspaper.

The royal couple are attending a private dinner in the evening.

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