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" The subway station where an explosion happened is cordoned off in southern Stockholm, Sweden, Jan. 7, 2018. A man was killed and a woman injured when an object exploded Sunday outside a subway station in southern Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, Swedish Television reported on Sunday. (XinhuaWei Xuechao)

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