Man dies in explosion outside Stockholm subway

Two injured in Stockholm subway station explosion

The man sustained fatal injuries after he picked up an object, a police spokesman said.

"These two people cycled past the object and stopped to see what was on the ground".

"We're suspecting that it's a hand grenade of some sort", Lars Alvarsjo, chief of Stockholm's southern police district, told the Swedish national broadcaster SVT. Daily newspaper Aftonbladet said it was thought to have been a hand grenade.

According to Alvarsjo, hand grenades are increasingly used by criminal networks in Sweden.

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Police cordoned off the station and the square outside as bomb squad experts moved in to investigate.

Stockholm region police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson says the explosion took place Sunday morning just outside the Varby Gard subway station in Huddinge - a residential district in greater Stockholm.

Police patrols will remain in the area throughout Sunday night and Monday, with the municipality offering crisis counseling to local residents. He says a woman with the man received minor wounds to her face and both legs from the blast.

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