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Would-be-bomber threatens to set off explosives in central Stockholm

Policemen are pictured next to a Bomb-disposal robot where a man threatened with some kind of explosive device in a house in the Old Town of Stockholm, Sweden.

Large parts of central Stockholm were sealed off today as police negotiated with a man threatening to set off explosives.

Police in the Swedish capital said they had established contact with the man, who had barricaded himself inside a building near the headquarters of the Moderates - the main party in the government - which had since been evacuated.

"He came out, he showed he wasn't dangerous and he could be detained without drama, and he has now been taken away from there ... What remains for us is to search the premises to make sure there are no dangerous objects," police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said.

Swedish news agency TT reported that the man was said to be wearing a bomb belt.

The man walked into a human rights organisation in Stockholm's old town at 10:24 a.m. (1224 GMT), saying he was carrying explosives, police said.

"He expressed threats against the Moderates and the (opposition) Social Democrats and we have therefore sealed off the areas around the Moderates' headquarters in the old town and the Social Democrats' headquarters at Sveavagen," Lindgren said.

The Social Democrats and the Moderates declined to comment.

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