Stockholm metro station evacuated after bomb scare

The station was evacuated after authorities were alerted by a train driver.

Last Updated: Dec 24, 2010, 11:24 AM IST

Stockholm: Swedish authorities evacuated a metro station in central Stockholm after finding a suspect packet less than two weeks after the country`s first suicide bombing.

"The Kungstraedsgaarden station has been completely evacuated, there are no trains running and the deminers are on the spot," a spokesman for Stockholm police said after the bomb scare on Thursday evening.

"We cannot confirm if it is a real bomb or not," he added.

The station -- evacuated after authorities were alerted by a train driver -- is close to the seat of government.

On December 11, a suicide bomber strongly believed to be Taimour Abdulwahab, first blew up his car and later himself near a crowded pedestrian street in central Stockholm.

He was carrying a cocktail of explosives and police suspect he may have left the crowd of Christmas shoppers due to a problem with the bombs when he mistakenly set off a small charge while standing in an empty side-street.

The bomber was the only person to die, but two people were slightly injured when his car exploded minutes earlier about 300 metres away.