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Bomb Explodes Outside U.S. Airline Office

April 7, 1986

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ A bomb in a rucksack exploded Monday night outside the downtown office of the U.S.-based Northwest Orient Airlines, shattering a window but causing no injuries, police said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

At least a half-dozen police cars were sent to the airlines office after the bomb went off, and several witnesses were questioned.

″We have parts of the rucksack and we’re investigating what kind of bomb caused the explosion,″ Police Superintendent Alex Paulsson told the Swedish national news agency, Tidningarnas Telegrambyra.

Security was tightened outside the U.S. Embassy and other American institutions and companies in Stockholm after the explosion, police spokesman Mats Runvik told The Associated Press.

It was not the first time Northwest Orient Airlines has been the target of a bombing. Last July 22, an explosion in the airlines’ office in Copenhagen, Denmark, killed one person and injured 20 others.

Bombings and terrorist acts are infrequent in Sweden, but on Feb. 28 Prime Minister Olof Palme was fatally shot on a Stockholm street while walking home from a movie with his wife. His killer is still at large.

On Monday, workers dismantled a memorial at the site of the Swedish leader’s slaying.

The Social Democratic Party - which Palme led for 17 years - built the podium containing a gas flame on March 4 on the corner of Sveavagen and Tunnelgatan streets after Swedes started gathering there to lay roses.

Ralf Olsson, a Social Democratic Party worker, told the Stockholm daily Expressen that Palme’s widow and sons ″did not want the memorial to remain at the streetcorner. They didn’t want to be reminded.″

Social Democratic Party officials said representatives of the party and the city of Stockholm were discussing a permanent memorial to Palme.

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