Sixteen people have been injured after an explosion led to a large fire in an apartment building in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, at 4:45 a.m. local time, Tuesday. They were taken to Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Hospital. Four of them – three older women and a man in his 50s – were critically injured, three being in intensive care. “There is no natural explanation for the explosion,” Stefan Gustafsson, a spokesman for Sweden’s western regional police declared. Emergency services ruled out a gas leak as the cause. Police believes that something had “probably” been placed in the apartment complex. A witness said: „It was very dramatic and a very fast course of fire and smoke.” Some people climbed down, some jumped and some had to wait for the firefighters to pick them up with a ladder. The fire has been brought under control. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said it was too early to say exactly what had happened in Gothenburg. “As a society we will do everything possible to fight gang crime,” he told a news conference.
“People should be able to feel safe.” Sweden has one of the highest rates of gun homicide in Europe due to the steady increase of violent activities by organized gangs. In 2019, 257 attacks involving explosives were reported, according to data from the Swedish national council for crime prevention. Bombings have become an almost weekly occurrence. Gothenburg, on the west coast of Sweden, is the second-largest city in Sweden, fifth-largest in the Nordic countries, and capital of the Västra Götaland County. The city hosts the Gothia Cup, the world’s largest youth football tournament, and the Göteborg Basketball Festival, Europe’s largest youth basketball tournament, alongside some of the largest annual events in Scandinavia.