US Embassy in Sweden Evacuated

Threatening letter contained mysterious substance
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2012 8:38 AM CDT
US Embassy in Sweden Evacuated
Unidentified man makes thumbs up gesture towards Swedish police and emergency workers arriving at the US embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 17, 2012.   (AP photo / Scanpix Sweden / Claudio Bresciani)

The US embassy in Stockholm was evacuated today, after receiving a threatening letter with a mysterious white powder inside, Reuters reports. Police briefly sealed off the area, which is in a wealthy neighborhood of the Swedish capital, but eventually allowed the staff of about 150 reenter the building. "We have lifted the barriers and seized this letter, which is being examined as part of a preliminary investigation into unlawful assault," a police spokesman said. (Read more Stockholm stories.)

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