Swedish security agency is investigating an object found at the Israeli Embassy as an act of terror

The Swedish domestic security agency announced on Friday that it is looking into “a dangerous object” that was discovered earlier this week at the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm and may be related to terrorism.

The organization, known by its abbreviation SAPO, declared that it had assumed control of the investigation from Stockholm police, who have not yet revealed the precise nature of the discovery made on the embassy’s premises on Wednesday. The item, which some Swedish media have referred to as a hand grenade, was discovered close to the diplomatic mission’s fence in Stockholm’s eastern district.

Before a bomb squad could arrive, dozens of officers were sent to the scene and the area was cordoned off. According to a police spokeswoman, the item was ultimately destroyed. Not everyone evacuated the embassy. There have been no takedowns.

What the agency views as a “terrorist crime through grossly illegal threats and attempts to cause public destruction” is currently being looked into, according to SAPO. The domestic security agency stated that because the investigation is still in its early stages, it would not comment further.

Israeli Ambassador Ziv Nevo Kulman tweeted that “today we were subject to an attempted attack against the Embassy of Israel in Stockholm and its employees” hours after embassy staff members noticed an object they believed to be dangerous and reported it to the authorities.

“Terror will not intimidate us,” he posted on X, the platform that was formerly known as Twitter.

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