An explosion took place this Tuesday in a building in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, which could not be due to an accident, according to the authorities, has left sixteen injured, four of them seriously.
The cause of the explosion is not yet known, which occurred shortly before 05:00 (0300 GMT) in the city center, located in the west of the country, explains the police to AFP.
Thomas Fuxborg, a police spokesman in Gothenburg, explained at a press conference that they did not rule out that the origin of the explosion was an object that detonated. Likewise, it has reported that it is being analyzed whether there could be a potential target within the building that has a property there, or that has been visiting.
By midmorning, a thick white smoke continued to emerge from the property, according to images released by local media. Ambulances, fire trucks and rescue teams occupied the area.
“The site has been cordoned off and rescue operations are under way,” he said. Hans-Jörgen Östler, spokesman for the regional police, and added that they will open an investigation “as soon as the area is secured.”
But, according to police sources cited by the local newspaper GP, a explosive device it may have been placed in front of one of the entrance doors.
Contacted by AFP, the head of rescue operations, John Pile, has stressed that “an explosion in a residential area, or an explosion in general, is normally not of natural origin” and even less considering that the building is not connected to natural gas.