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Teens arrested for Kalmar mall fire

Four teenagers, aged between 15 and 18, are suspected of being behind the violent fire that ravaged the Berga Centrum shopping centre in Kalmar in southern Sweden on Thursday night.

Teens arrested for Kalmar mall fire

The teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Three of the boys were taken in for interrogations around noon Friday, and the fourth suspect was taken in later the same day.

According to Ulf Einarsson, in charge of the arson case, tips and investigation ideas led them to the four suspects.

“We’ve received many tips, and their names occurred repeatedly among the names mentioned,” he said to news agency TT.

The four boys live in Kalmar, but are not from the Berga neighbourhood. The police were aware of all four suspects previously, Einarsson told local newspaper Barometern.

Thursday night’s blaze has left the Berga Centrum shopping centre largely in ruins. Although no people were injured in the fire, the shopping centre could not be saved, despite work to extinguish the fire that went on through the night.

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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