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One dead after Stockholm explosions

Swedish police say that two explosions in central Stockholm were an act of terrorism by what appeared to be a suicide bomber, who killed himself and injured two people on a busy shopping street.

Police would not comment on a motive for Saturday night's attack, but a Swedish news agency said it received an email threat just before the blast referring to the country's soldiers in Afghanistan and a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad that outraged the Muslim world.

The terror threat alert in the Nordic country is not being raised, although police are investigating the attacks as "a crime of terror," spokesman Anders Thornberg told reporters.

"When we go through the existing criteria and the series of events that occurred it fits well within the description of a terror crime," Mr Thornberg said. He declined to elaborate.

Mr Thornberg did not confirm local media reports that the man who died had explosives strapped to his body.

A car exploded in the city centre near Drottninggatan, causing panic among Christmas shoppers. Shortly after, a second explosion was heard higher up on the same street. The exploded car contained gas canisters, rescue workers said.

Ten minutes before the blasts, Swedish news agency TT received an email saying "the time has come to take action".

According to the news agency, the email referred to Sweden's silence surrounding artist Lars Vilk's 2007 drawing of Muhammad as a dog and its soldiers in Afghanistan.


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