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Friday, September 28, 2012

Report: Explosion heard near Jewish center in southern Sweden's Malmo

A blast was heard on Friday near a Jewish center in the southern Swedish town of Malmo, local media reported. Two men were being questioned by the police in connection to the incident.

There were no casualties or injuries reported.

Police said witnesses claimed that the explosion was heard near the center at around 12:45 A.M., local time. The report stated that when police arrived at the scene, it was established that someone had tried to smash in the door and that loose stones were laying around in shattered glass in front of the entrance to the center.

The building was not damaged in any other way.

Several independent witnesses said that two cars were seen leaving the area at high speed moments after the blast was heard. Police said they had identified one of the vehicles some three hours later, at about 4 A.M., and brought in two individuals for questioning.

“We had the license plate of one of the cars and found it some way away from the scene of the crime. The men have been arrested and brought in but we have yet to question them," a policeman was quoted telling the daily Dagens Nyheter.

Malmo, which has a large immigrant Muslim community, saw a surge in hate crimes against Jews after Israel's invasion of Gaza in 2009.

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