A teenage girl is one of three people charged in Sweden for buying at least 12 kg of explosives to blow up a local store.
The 16-year-old and his two young men – aged 21 and 23 – have been accused of being behind the attack in Malmö at a supermarket and steakhouse next door.
The girl and the 23-year-old man picked up the explosives in the town of Helsingborg, about 65 km from Malmö – according to prosecutors, as Swedish media reported.
The girl and the young man are accused of having started the explosion outside the store, called Fosie Livs, in the district of Fosie, on May 23.
The explosion was so powerful it shook the ground, according to Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan reported citing a local resident.
According to the indictment, the May 23 explosion caused more than £ 4,000 in damage to the store, damaged a nearby car and left the store owner with pain and hearing loss.
No one was killed in the attack.
Images released by Swedish media also show broken store windows. Footage shows the explosion causing a large cloud of smoke as two people – believed to be the suspects – are seen fleeing the site.
The three suspects were charged with aggravated assault with flammables and explosives, general destruction and assault.
Police linked the explosion outside the store to gang warfare which was also linked to several other explosions in Malmö earlier this year, according to Sydsvenskan.
Prosecutors said there were three bomb attacks on shops in the city’s corner in the span of a few hours on May 6.
Lawyer Tomas Olvmyr sees the May 23 bombing as “most likely a revenge bombing” for one of the three previous explosions.
Police have built a case against the three suspects by tracking the movements of their phones, inspecting CCTV footage and information gleaned after wiretapping one of the men’s phones.
Mr Olvmyr told a British newspaper The telegraph that the girl’s involvement has shown how gangs around the country are using those under 18 who, if convicted of a serious crime, typically only spend short stays in care facilities.
He said he believed the girl not only bought the explosives, but set them off as well, and that the attack was planned by the 23-year-old.
“It is increasingly common for young people to be used in serious crimes,” he said.
The trial date has not yet been set and none of the three suspects, who are of Somali descent, have admitted their guilt.
Center-right parties such as the Swedish Democrats blamed the attacks on immigrant communities.
But Justice Minister Morgan Johansson of the Social Democrats wrote on Facebook that he believed “gaps in the welfare system and class differences” were “important” factors.
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