STOCKHOLM (AP) – Swedish prosecutors on Tuesday issued an international search warrant for a tenant in an apartment building in Sweden’s second largest city after an explosion and a fire that led to 16 people being injured last month.
The man is suspected of attempted murder, arson and general destruction, the authorities say in a statement and add that he should be extradited to Sweden if he is arrested. However, investigators are not sure that the man is abroad.
Authorities in Sweden have not mentioned the suspect, who is a man in his 50s. Swedish media said he was born in Poland.
Early on September 28, an apartment building in Gothenburg was hit by a powerful explosion. Subsequent fires spread to several apartments and hundreds of residents were evacuated. Four of the injured are in serious condition and at least 140 apartments were damaged.
Swedish radio quoted an unnamed neighbor as saying that the suspect had “a lot of chemicals, either in the apartment or in the basement, considering the smell.”
The property owner had tried to evict the man and his mother from their apartment in the building, according to the newspaper Aftonbladet. Several Swedish media said that an eviction was planned for the day when the explosion occurred.
Aftonbladet said that the police had already accused the man of several crimes a week before the explosion. The newspaper also reported that the suspect harassed several people, including the owner of the building, after he was not allowed to see his mother in a nursing home due to pandemic restrictions.