Sweden issues international arrest warrant for explosion suspect – CBS17.com
STOCKHOLM (AP) – Swedish prosecutors on Tuesday issued an international search warrant against a tenant in an apartment building in Sweden’s second largest city after an explosion and fire left 16 people injured last month.
The man is suspected of attempted murder, arson and general destruction, authorities said in a statement, adding that he should be extradited to Sweden if arrested. Investigators, however, are uncertain whether the man is overseas.
Swedish authorities have not named the suspect, who is a man in his 50s. Swedish media said he was born in Poland.
In the early hours of September 28, an apartment building in Gothenburg was hit by a powerful explosion. The fires that followed spread to several apartments and hundreds of residents were evacuated. Four of the injured are in serious condition and at least 140 apartments have been damaged.
Swedish radio quoted an unnamed neighbor as saying the suspect had “a lot of chemicals, either in the apartment or in the basement, given the smell.”
The owner was trying to evict the man and his mother from their apartment in the building, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper. Several Swedish media said an eviction was planned on the day of the explosion.
Aftonbladet said police had already charged the man with several offenses a week before the explosion. The newspaper also reported that after not being allowed to see his mother at a nursing home due to pandemic restrictions, the suspect harassed several people, including the owner of the building.