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Belt Bomb Not Remote Controlled

Published torsdag 29 juni 2006 kl 11.26
The terriefied man wearing the belt bomb

A Swedish prosecutor said thursday that the bomb belt removed from the waist of a man who claimed he was abducted and forced to wear it, could not have been set off remotely because the wires were not properly connected.

On Sunday, a bomb squad removed the device after a six hour drama in the northern Stockholm suburb of Tensta, where police had evacuated buildings and surrounded a man seated on the ground wearing the device. He had claimed he got away from his abductors who held him hostage for three days, forced him to wear the belt and threatened to set the bomb off with a cell phone.

On Thursday, prosecutor Leif Appelgren said that although the device contained all the necessary parts, the wires were not properly connected.

”After having talked to police technicians, I believe the kidnappers knew this and that they only wanted to scare their victim,” Appelgren told The Associated Press.

Authorities have not identified the man, saying only that he was born in Norway and was in his 20s. Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man who was later arrested in the case, was arraigned Thursday on suspicion of ”kidnapping and gross unlawful threat,” Appelgren said.

The accusations were changed from preparation to commit murder after police determined the device was not remote-controlled, Appelgren said. No official charges were immediately raised.

A second suspect has been arrested in the case and the police are searching for a third one, Appelgren said.

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