The Swedish prime minister expressed his sympathy for the victims of the explosion and fire in an apartment in Gothenburg that left at least 20 people injured.
Meanwhile, Sweden’s Ministry of Home Affairs said the government was assisting with the investigation into the crash.
At a press conference in Stockholm, Prime Minister Stevan Lofven and Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg discussed the incident with the media. Lofven said he expressed the government’s sympathies with the victims, and said the incident was a blow to the whole of Swedish society.
Damberg said the explosion was not caused by something “natural” but researchers were exploring several possibilities.
“It could be an accident, but it could also be an attempted attack on one or more people in the building,” he said.
Police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg said the same.
Damberg said police had so far questioned witnesses in person and collected video surveillance from the area. He said an official and technical investigation would begin soon.
Emergency officials said they received reports of an explosion in the Annedal district of central Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, just before 5 a.m. The fire spread to several other units of the building, and emergency responders had to save several people.
At least 16 people were taken to hospital as a result of the incident. It took the fire crew several hours to put out the blazing fire. (jm/my)