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4 held in Border Guard vehicle explosion case

Published : 14 Aug 2020, 22:12

Updated : 15 Aug 2020, 02:15

  DF Report

A vehicle of Lapland Border Guard. (Not the exact vehicle mentioned in the news). DF File Photo.

The police on Friday arrested four people for their suspected involvement in the 4 August explosion at Tornio in a vehicle used by the Lapland Border Guard, said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in a press release.

The law-enforcers arrested them in western Lapland and are investigating into their involvement in the incident.

The police also found a red car which was seen at the scene at Aarnintie at the time of the explosion. The car is currently in police custody and its role in the incident is under probe.

“The NBI and the Lapland police are actively conducting the criminal investigation, for example, by interviewing the parties involved and doing forensic examinations. We are still working to establish the motive of the act,” said NBI Head of Investigations Detective Superintendent Teemu Mäntyniemi.

The incident is being investigated as an explosion offence and criminal mischief.

A blue Volkswagen Transporter van leased by the Border Guard was damaged in the explosion.

The police request any eyewitnesses during the night of the incident and the time after that to come forward with information.

“We need details about a small red car that was being driven from Tornio to Kemi after the incident and about any persons seen near Aarnintie that night,” said Mäntyniemi.

At the initial stage, the police said a bomb which detonated beneath a vehicle rented by the Border Guard was not suspected to be linked to terrorism.

Later, the NBI and the Lapland police decided to probe into the incident.

The target of the explosion was a blue Volkswagen Transporter van used by the Border Guard.

The police said the rear of the vehicle was damaged in the explosion and that the van was not marked with the sign of the Border Guard.