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Central Stockholm cordoned off as man claims to have explosives

Published on Jun 19, 2014 11:20 PM

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Swedish police cordoned off two large areas of central Stockholm on Thursday after a man entered the offices of a human rights group with a suspect device.

"The man claims to have an explosive object," police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson told Aftonbladet TV while local media reported that the man was believed to be wearing a bomb belt.

"The man has expressed his dissatisfaction with parties in the parliament," the police added in a statement, explaining that two main streets in the city centre had been closed off.

The human rights group Civil Rights Defenders is located just four doors away from the offices of the ruling Moderate Party in Stockholm's old town.

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