Two powerful explosions ripped through apartment buildings in central Sweden, injuring at least three people.

Late on Monday, an explosion occurred in Hasselby, a suburb of the capital, Stockholm.

In the early hours of Tuesday, a blast in Linkoping, some 175km (110 miles) to the southwest, ripped the front off a three-story building, leaving debris strewn across a parking area.

It was not known whether the blasts were related to each other.

Swedish radio said on Tuesday that the explosion in Linkoping was connected to an ongoing feud between criminal gangs. Two gangs, one led by a Swedish-Turkish dual national who lives in Turkey, the other by his former lieutenant, are reportedly fighting over drugs and weapons.

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People look at the damage the day after an explosion hit an apartment building in Hasselby, Sweden (Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency via AP/PA)

So far this year, there have been 261 shootings, 36 people have died and 73 were wounded. The count does not include the latest explosions.

Police said residents in the affected area in Linkoping were evacuated to a nearby sports facility. In Hasselby, three people were taken to a hospital – their conditions were not known.

No one has been arrested in connection with the two explosions, police said.

Following the explosions, the Swedish government said it will hold a meeting to identify measures that can be quickly implemented.

Sweden’s ministers for justice and civil defence, Gunnar Strommer and Carl-Oskar Bohlin, will participate along with other authorities, including representatives of the Scandinavian country’s municipalities and regions.

“We are now bringing together all relevant actors to jointly identify what can be done in the short and long term,” Mr Strommer told Swedish news agency TT.

“The criminals’ access to explosive goods must be cut off,” Mr Bohlin told the Expressen newspaper.

Earlier this month, a 13-year-old boy was found shot in the head in woods not far from his home near Stockholm. A prosecutor said his death was a chilling example of “gross and completely reckless gang violence”.

On September 22, two people were killed and two wounded when a gunman opened fire in a crowded bar northwest of Stockholm.

One of the dead, a 20-year-old man, was the gunman’s likely target, police said, while the other three were believed to be bystanders. The motive remained unclear.

Police said the shooting could possibly be part of a local personal conflict and there was some uncertainty whether it was connected to the ongoing feud.

Sweden’s centre-right government has been tightening laws to tackle gang-related crime, while the head of Sweden’s police said earlier this month that warring gangs had brought an “unprecedented” wave of violence to the Scandinavian country.