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Police send loaded rifle through mail

ORNSKOLDSVIK, Sweden, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Swedish police said personnel will receive further training after a loaded rifle was sent to a forensic lab through the mail.

Ornskoldsvik police said the rifle was apparently not examined closely enough before it was sent to the Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science in Linkoping, Swedish news agency TT reported Tuesday.

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"These things happen now and again, unfortunately," said Tore Olsson of the Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science.

Officer Dick Danielsson at the Ornskoldsvik station said the incident was reported to the Work Environment Authority and all personnel will receive further training. He said a committee has been assembled to review weapon handling procedures.

"It was lucky that nothing happened and we are treating it as a very serious matter that the weapon was sent off without anyone checking if it was loaded," Danielsson said.

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