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Explosion at Stockholm metro station leaves one dead and one injured

Local police say there is nothing to suggest the explosion was terror-related.

The scene of this morning's explosion.
The scene of this morning's explosion.
Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Updated 3.13 pm

A MAN HAS been killed and a woman was injured in an explosion at a Stockholm metro station.

The explosion happened at the Vårby gard subway station with local police saying that witnesses reported seeing the man pick up an item from the ground before it exploded.

Local media outlet Aftonbladet reports that the explosive may have been a hand grenade.

The man who died was 60 years old and the woman, who was only slightly injured, was 45. The man was rushed to hospital following the blast but died not long after, police said.

The explosion happened at about 11 am local-time in the station which is located in the Huddinge suburb.

Swedish police have said there is no reason to believe the explosion is related to terrorism.

“It is too early to say. Technicians are still working on it. Nothing indicates that the (injured) couple were targeted,” according to police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson.

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