Sweden honours Norwegian terror victims

As the full extent of Friday's horror in neighbouring country Norway slowly starts to sink in, people and organisations all over Sweden are getting together in a number of ways to honour victims.

Sweden honours Norwegian terror victims

Youth football tournament Gothia Cup in Gothenburg was among those who wanted to show their respect, and the victims of yesterday’s terror attacks were honoured with a silent minute during Saturday’s final for 17 year-old boys.

Both the crowded stands and the teams on the field, Brommapojkarna and Gais, fell silent.

“It suddenly feels as though everything else is meaningless. What could really matter anymore?” writes Gothia Cup’s secretary general Dennis Andersson on the tournament’s website.

“Our thoughts are constantly with victims and their families.”

Social democratic leader Håkan Juholt has also released a statement condemning Friday’s bombing and shooting, in which 91 people have been confirmed dead thus far, with the death toll expected to rise further.

“I was shocked and appalled to hear the reports from Oslo and Utøya. Once again we have experienced the shock of a bombing that strikes innocent people. This is an attack upon our democratic and open society, an attack which causes disgust and must be condemned,” he said.

In Stockholm, a candle-lit vigil is planned to take place at 6 pm, outside the Norwegian embassy.

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WWII bomb found in Frankfurt safely detonated after mass evacuation

A massive World War II bomb found in Germany's financial capital Frankfurt was safely detonated in the early hours of Thursday, the city's fire service said, allowing tens of thousands of evacuated residents to return to their homes.

WWII bomb found in Frankfurt safely detonated after mass evacuation
Experts stand on mountains of sand, which were put in place to soften the force of the explosion of the WWII bomb in Frankfurt's Nordend. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Frank Rumpenhorst

The 500-kilogram unexploded bomb was unearthed during construction work on Wednesday in the densely populated Nordend area of the city, a location firefighters said made it a “particular challenge” to remove.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper reported the ordnance had been discovered right next to a children’s playground at a depth of about two metres (6.5 feet).

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Its report said the controlled blast, which happened just after midnight, “sounded like thunder rumbling” and left a hole three metres deep and ten metres wide.

Firefighters said that they had covered the bomb with 40 truckloads of sand before detonating it, in order to minimise damage to the surrounding buildings.

Around 25,000 people had been asked to evacuate the area, including the occupants of a nearby community hospital’s neonatal ward.

Among residents who took shelter at a skating rink was 29-year-old Tobias, carrying his pet cat in a cage.

He said he had heard the news over a police loudspeaker and been ordered to leave his home immediately, causing a “bit of stress”.

Barbara, 77, told AFP the news was “a bit of a shock, we don’t expect that”.

However, building works in Germany regularly unearth unexploded World War II ordnance, 76 years after the conflict’s end.

Seven bombs were defused in 2020 on land near Berlin where Tesla plans to build its first factory in Europe for electric cars.  

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Other bombs were also discovered last year in Frankfurt, Cologne, and Dortmund.

In Frankfurt, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in 2017 led to the removal of 65,000 people, the biggest such evacuation in Europe since 1945.