Man dies in Sweden after picking up suspected hand grenade

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The blast took place at about 11am on Sunday, just outside the Varby Gard underground station in Huddinge, a residential district in greater Stockholm, said regional police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson.

Although some media said that the object was a hand grenade, the police have not confirmed that information or the possibility that it was a terrorist act. "The woman who was with the man was several meters behind him", police officer Lars Alvarsjo told Swedish Television. Daily newspaper Aftonbladet said it was thought to have been a hand grenade. The report quoted police sources as saying that there was no indication that the explosion was directed against any individuals or property.

He picked up an item from the ground that exploded, police say.

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The man, in his 60s, was rushed to hospital with serious injuries while the woman, in her mid-40s, received "minor wounds" to face and both legs, Olsson said.

Officials say the blast is not believed to be terror-related.

A second person was injured in the explosion, which occurred at the Varby Gard station in the south of the city.

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