A powerful explosion wrecked the Yugoslav Tourist Office in Stockholm yesterday (March 29) despite a police guard posted outside the building since right-wing Croatian extremists assassinated the Yugoslav ambassador last year.
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Background: A powerful explosion wrecked the Yugoslav Tourist Office in Stockholm yesterday (March 29) despite a police guard posted outside the building since right-wing Croatian extremists assassinated the Yugoslav ambassador last year.
It was the last of several incidents during the past year in a country with more than 100,000 Yugoslav immigrants -- attracted by Sweden's high industrial wages. Police say they know several secret Croatian organisations which exist in the country, all of them dedicated to overthrowing President Tito's government.
No-one was injured in the dawn blast. Police said it was caused by a bomb apparently thrown by a young Croatian extremist. Earlier, the Swedish News Agency had received warnings that bombs were set to explode in ALL Yugoslav institutions and official residences in the Stockholm area. The caller said he represented the "Yugoslav Socialist Resistance Organisation" But the Yugoslav Embassy said it knew of no such group.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry has expressed regrets over the incident.
(Last April, the Yugoslav Ambassador, Mr Vladimir Rolovic, was shot and killed when extremists burst into the embassy. That attack came just seven weeks after another group of Croatian extremists occupied the Yugoslav consulate in Gothenburg on the Swedish West Coast.
(And lat January, a Yugoslav DC-9 airliner flying from Stockholm to Belgrade crashed in northwest Czechoslovakia killing 27 people. Officials in Belgrade attributed the crash -- and a bomb explosion in a Yugoslav train at the same time -- to extreme Croatian Nationalists (Ustashis) living in Western Europe and Scandinavia).
SYNOPSIS: A powerful explosion in Stockholm, the Swedish capital, wrecked the Yugoslav Tourist Office on Wednesday - but no-one was injured. Police say right-wing Croatian extremists were responsible.
Police have been guarding the building ever since Croatian extremists assassinated the Yugoslav ambassador here last year.
Just before the blast, the Swedish News Agency was warned that bombs were set to explode in ALL Yugoslav buildings and official residence in Stockholm. The caller spoke Swedish with a heavy accent and said he represented the "Yugoslav Socialist Resistance Organisation" -- but Yugoslav officials said they'd never heard of such a group. Later, an eye-witness said she'd seen a man with long, blond hair throw something into the Tourist Office. The Swedish Foreign Ministry has expressed its regrets over the incident.