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article imageGrenade thrown into Swedish apartment explodes, family survives

By Anne Sewell     Jan 26, 2014 in World
A hand grenade was thrown through a window of an apartment in Malmö, Sweden on Saturday night where children were sleeping. Luckily their father managed to close their bedroom door before the explosion, saving the children.
Police visited the apartment on Rasmusgatan in central Malmö after reports of an explosion. A neighbor had alerted the police about the blast, just after 4 a.m. on Sunday morning.
VK (in Swedish) quotes a police spokeswoman, Marie Persson, as saying the explosive device was most probably a type of hand grenade. It seems that someone had thrown the grenade into the apartment while the family was sleeping.
Persson told SVD Nyheter (Swedish language): "The man in the family woke up when the window was smashed so he had seen the object come in and bounce in the apartment. Fortunately, he closed the door where the children were sleeping. Then he saw the grenade bounce against the door."
While the children were saved, the man did sustain minor injuries, "He has problems with his eardrums and possibly some damage to the hand," Persson said.
Why the grenade was thrown into the apartment is a mystery as nothing had apparently been done to warrant such an attack.
Persson added that, "The family do not understand what happened. There is no threat registered against them. They think someone may have been mistaken."
In the meantime, police have evacuated the family from the apartment and have deployed forensic scientists and bomb technicians to investigate the incident. Apparently several panes of window glass were broken by the explosion and police have cordoned off an area around the apartment.
Investigations into the attempted murder of five people (two adults and three children) have been launched, but regrettably police have little information to go on. However Persson did say that one person had been spotted in connection with the smashed window.
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