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Man ‘tried to carry explosive on to a plane’ in Sweden

A man in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of trying to carry explosives onto a plane in western Sweden, police said.

The man was stopped as he tried to get onto a flight to another European Union state at Gothenburg’s Landvetter airport on Thursday morning, police spokesman Peter Adlersson said.

A regular security check flagged up signs of explosive material in his luggage which was being tested, Adlersson added.

Local newspaper Goteborgs-Posten said the man was a German citizen and, citing an unidentified source, that his luggage contained the explosive TATP.

TATP, short for triacetone triperoxide, is difficult to detect and as such is commonly used in terrorist attacks, particularly those linked with ISIS.

It was used to make the suicide vests used during the 2015 Paris attack, and again in the rucksack bomb that killed 22 during the Manchester Arena bombing.