Student seriously injured in explosion in south Sweden

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-14 22:01:18|Editor: Wu Qin
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STOCKHOLM, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- A young student was seriously injured Saturday morning when an explosion occurred in Lund in southern Sweden, reported Swedish news SVT on Saturday.

The blast occurred in a grocery store shortly before 3 am Saturday morning local time, damaging buildings as far as 100 metres away. A 20-year-old female student who was walking past when the blast struck was sent to hospital with serious injuries.

"Her injuries were severe enough that she was taken to hospital," Evelina Olsson, press spokesperson for the police in the south region, told SVT, adding that the student was well enough to be able to talk when she was assisted to hospital.

The injuries to the student were described by local news as serious but not life threatening. She remains in hospital for continued care.

The explosion occurred in a block of apartments with retail premises on ground level. Windows were damaged in buildings as far as 100 metres away, and SVT reported that the explosion also caused a water leak.

"It's a grocery store, and the whole front is crushed," witness Niklas Lundstrom told SVT reporters on the scene.

"We heard a big, big bang. A real bang, so that the windows shook," the witness said, adding "This sort of thing doesn't happen in Lund."

Lund is one of Sweden's most popular university cities, with close to 40,000 students choosing to study at Lund University every year. Twenty percent of those students are international students.

"It is very, very sad that a young person involuntarily ends up in such a heinous act," said Per Norden, security manager at Lund University. "Our thoughts go to her and her relatives and we hope that she will be fully restored as soon as possible."