• Sweden edition
 
Sweden terror threat stands despite bin Laden death

Sweden terror threat stands despite bin Laden death

Published: 03 May 2011 08:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 May 2011 08:43 GMT+02:00

"We continue to follow developments together with our international partners. We currently have the same assessment as yesterday. No changes in respect of the threat situation," said Michael Gunnarsson at Säpo.

Security experts worldwide are busy debating the impact of the death of Osama bin Laden on the global terror threat, with several warning of likely revenge attacks.

In a poll conducted by the Metro newspaper in cooperation with YouGov the day following the announcement of bin Laden's death, 49 percent of Swedes expected there to be additional terror attacks in Sweden.

In addition, 74 percent of Swedes polled said they expected al-Qaeda sympathisers to seek revenge for his death by carrying out additional terror attacks around the world.

As late as February 2011, an English-language online publication with links to the al-Qaeda terrorist network called indirectly for new acts of terrorism in Sweden, while paying tribute to the suicide bomber who attacked in Stockholm in December.

Taimour Abdulwahab, a 29-year-old whose family fled from Iraq to Sweden in 1991, blew up himself and his car in a deserted side-street off of Stockholm's busiest pedestrian thoroughfare on December 11th, injuring two people.

The attack was Sweden's first suicide bombing and came as the Security Service was completing a report which concluded that violent Islamic extremism posed a threat to Sweden that shouldn't be underestimated.

US president Barack Obama announced the news late Sunday night Washington time that Osama bin Ladin, almost ten years after he masterminded the 9/11 attacks on New York City, had been killed in a US led operation.

In an address to the nation, Obama said Bin Ladin was killed by US special forces in Abbottabad, a highland town north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Sunday.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

10:20 May 3, 2011 by isenhand
Interesting, left wing groups and anarchists still pose the greatest terrorist threat in Europe. Last year they carried out far more attacks or attempts within the EU than Muslim groups, yet we hear very little of them. Instead, we get opinion polls measuring the opinions of a group of people who have very little idea of the situation.
12:25 May 3, 2011 by Mib
Get point isenhand!

What amazes me is that some idiot in the US or Europe etc will go and kill several people in a shoot out and nothing really appears to happen. Whereas if a Mulsim terrorist shouting Allah did the same, the President and voters would be looking to get their revenge and bring in more security/intrusive measures.

Yet, you see nothing about restricting gun ownership in the US as the powerful lobbies have bribed the Government representatives via funding. Maybe if a Muslim organisation did the same, maybe we would see the same shrug of the shoulders reaction.

For me, the terrorist and the lunatic loner who shoots innocent students and teachers are the same. They are both murderers and should be accordingly dealt with with new appropriate measures to reduce the sem thing happening again. Take the emotion and hostility out of it and they might achieve more. By jumping on the Muslim terrorist bandwagon, you in fact add more esteem to those who want to to do the same.
13:55 May 3, 2011 by Syftfel
You bet the threat remains. Bin Laden's followers have planted enough stray dogs in Sweden, thanks in no small part to the failing integration policies of the party of palme that the threat is severe! Rest assured that Bin Laden's henchmen have plans for Sweden.
14:36 May 3, 2011 by planet.sweden
I'm always amazed at the Islamist nutters whose logic seems to run that they are entitled to attack Sweden because Swedish boots are on the ground in Afghanistan (trying to bring peace, order, development, education, etc) while apparently blissfully unaware that their very presence here also represent foreign Islamist boots on the ground in Sweden.

What goes for one, goes for the other. So a real quid pro deal I'd support is if Swedish troops exit Aghanistan will all the foreign muslims living in Sweden promise to exit this country.

How about it? If your answer is 'yes', you have a deal, we could even throw in a free flight home.
15:36 May 3, 2011 by HYBRED
Yeah, there are plenty of other followers of has-bin laden to take his place. nothing much has changed. Except there is now a slightly damaged mansion for rent in Pakistan now.
21:41 May 3, 2011 by infidel2012
Click, Click... That's the sound of my family & home protection device should the mussies decide to attack us Scandinavians. Lock'd and Loaded : )
03:56 May 4, 2011 by Malangi31
@planet.sweden

why not but first ask if your dady US will allow you to leave Afghanistan.Its not just sweden whole of Europe has become dump yard of immigrants.If US is a dick and Muslims are pussy then EU is nothing more than a condom between them.
00:57 May 5, 2011 by Camlon
isenhand

This is only true when you count the number of incidents. If you count the number of deaths then muslims attacks are in majority. Even if you don't include 9/11.
Today's headlines
Stockholm 'submarine' hunt
Sweden's 'submarine hunt' moves south
The Swedish Armed Forces have sent out 200 troops. Photo: TT

Sweden's 'submarine hunt' moves south

The Swedish Armed Forces have pushed into their fifth day searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago. READ  

Stockholm 'submarine' hunt
Timeline: Mystery 'submarine' in Stockholm
Sweden's Armed Forces are out in force after reports of a foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago. Photo: TT

Timeline: Mystery 'submarine' in Stockholm

The world has had its periscope on Sweden since the Swedish military launched an extensive hunt for what is rumoured to be a damaged Russian submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Here is the timeline of events so far. READ  

Business & Money
Profit leap for Swedbank
A branch of Swedbank in Malmö. Photo. TT

Profit leap for Swedbank

Swedbank has seen its profits rise higher than expected. READ  

New coalition
Sick pay U-turn from Sweden's new coalition
Stefan Löfven has changed his strategy on sick pay. Photo: TT

Sick pay U-turn from Sweden's new coalition

Small businesses won't face rising sick pay costs, following a policy reversal from Sweden's new coalition government. READ  

Presented by CurrencyFair
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
CurrencyFair co-founder Brett Meyers

CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers

Tired of losing money when you send cash back home? Join other expats in Sweden who avoid bank fees and hidden charges by sending money internationally with CurrencyFair, an online marketplace where secure transactions are faster and cheaper. READ  

Stockholm 'submarine' hunt
Vessel hunt continues at 'full strength'
Minehunter HMS Koster takes part in the search in the Stockholm archipelago on Sunday. Photo: Marko Säävälä/TT

Vessel hunt continues at 'full strength'

The search for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago continues with "full strength" on Tuesday morning, according to Sweden's armed forces. READ  

Ebola crisis
Sweden hit by two Ebola false alarms in two days
The Uppsala University Hospital. Photo: TT

Sweden hit by two Ebola false alarms in two days

UPDATED: A patient has been cleared of any Ebola suspicions at the Uppsala University Hospital. It marks the second suspected case in Sweden in two days. READ  

Analysis
Why a foreign vessel lurks in Swedish waters
The HMS Stockholm patrols Jungfrufjärden in the Stockholm archipelago on Monday morning. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Why a foreign vessel lurks in Swedish waters

With Sweden engaged in its biggest domestic military operation since the Cold War, The Local spoke to Johan Wiktorin, a fellow at the Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences, to get insight into what’s going on in the Stockholm archipelago. READ  

My Swedish Career
US woman starts up Swedish toy store online
Leigh Neil and a llama hand puppet. Photo: Private

US woman starts up Swedish toy store online

For this week's My Swedish Career we meet Leigh Neil, who one day came to realize that there was a gap in the Swedish market for children's toys and decided to do something about it. READ  

Stockholm 'submarine' search
No truth to Russia's submarine claim: Dutch
A CB90-class fast assault craft at Kullbäling, a small island in Stockholm's archipelago. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

No truth to Russia's submarine claim: Dutch

The Netherlands on Monday denied a Russian claim that a mystery vessel the Swedish military has been looking for could be Dutch. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
National
Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Blog updates

19 October

Getting it (Blogweiser) »

"Follow Joel Sherwood on FB Few watch baseball in Sweden. This is excellent when your team loses..." READ »

 

17 October

Editor’s Blog, Oct 17th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Here’s the whole week of news in just 60 seconds. The most-read story was about a..." READ »

 
 
 
National
A Touch of Scandinavia: Reindeer in the kitchen
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Lifestyle
Sweden's The Bridge to become 'more Danish'
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Tech
First womb transplant baby in world born in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 5th
National
What's on in Sweden
National
Sweden rethinks Afghan translators' protection
Society
Interview with Geena Davis: 'I want to be in a Swedish movie'
Gallery
Stefan Löfven through the years
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

994
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN