A car explosion and what appeared to be a suicide attack injured two people, killed the apparent bomber, and caused panic among Christmas shoppers in Stockholm Saturday.
Stockholm Police spokeswoman Petra Sjolander said a car exploded near Drottninggatan, a busy shopping street in the center of the city. Shortly afterward, a second explosion was heard higher up on the same street, and a man was found injured on the ground.
He was later pronounced dead.
Sjolander said it was unclear what caused the second explosion and whether the two blasts were linked, but said a police bomb squad has been sent to the site.
Ten minutes before the blasts, Swedish news agency TT received an e-mail saying “the time has come to take action.”
According to the news agency, the e-mail referred to Sweden’s silence surrounding artist Lars Vilk‘s drawing of Muhammad as a dog and its soldiers in Afghanistan.
“Now your children, daughters and sisters shall die like our brothers and sisters and children are dying,” the news agency quoted the e-mail as saying.
Swedish Foreign Minister has confirmed this was a terrorist attack. Swedish police has also confirmed that.