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  • 9 November 2012, 17:01

Sweden Shooting: Man Dies At PM's Residence

A man has been shot dead at the Swedish prime minister's official residence.

Police said he was a security guard at the Sagerska Palace, the prime minister's waterfront home and office in Stockholm, and had security clearance to be there.

They said it was not suspected that any crime had been committed.

"We investigate this as a suicide or a work-related accident," said police spokeswoman Towe Hagg.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was not at the residence at the time of the shooting, and police said he and his family were safe and well.

Markus Friberg, a spokesman for Mr Reinfeldt, said: "The prime minister is fine. He was at an external meeting. He wasn't there."

Earlier, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported that a bodyguard had been shot and injured at the residence, but police said the dead man was not part of the prime minister's personal security team.

The Sagerska Palace is protected by security guards working for a private company. The prime minister also has bodyguards from the Swedish Security Service.

"This doesn't involve an employee at the Swedish Security Service," said Sirpa Franzen, a spokeswoman for the agency.

"At present there is no indication that the incident has any link to the Parliament or government."

The protection of Sweden's senior politicians was stepped up after the 1986 murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme and the deadly stabbing of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in 2003.

Both had been without bodyguards when they were killed.

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