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Second Arrest in Swedish Bombings

October 8, 1997

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ A second man was arrested in connection with the bombings of Swedish stadiums that may have helped knock Stockholm out of the running for the 2004 Olympics.

The 30-year-old man, whose name was not given, was being held on charges of preparing to cause public endangerment, the Swedish news agency TT reported Wednesday.

The first suspect was arrested on Sept. 4. Police said was preparing to blow up the statue shown on the logo of Stockholm’s bid committee.

The arrest came the day before the International Olympic Committee voted to hold the 2004 games in Athens, Greece.

In August, bombs went off at Stockholm’s old Olympic Stadium, where the games were held in 1912 and at the New Ullevi stadium in Goteborg, both of which were to be used as part of Stockholm’s proposal.

The bombs caused only moderate damage and no one was injured. Responsibility for the bombings were claimed on behalf of a shadowy extremist group opposed to holding the games in Sweden.

Stockholm’s bid proposal was widely praised by athletes, but public support diminished.

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