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New threats keep terror alert 'elevated': Säpo

New threats keep terror alert 'elevated': Säpo

Published: 17 Jun 2011 07:29 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Jun 2011 07:29 GMT+02:00

"We don't change the threat assessment from day to day, rather it's more long term. It's based in part on publicly available strategic information – what's going on in the world," Säpo head Anders Danielsson told Sverges Television (SVT) in an interview on Thursday.

On October 1st, Säpo decided to raise Sweden's terror threat level by one step from low to elevated, equating to a shift from level two to three on an escalating scale of five.

The move was in response to a specific threat which has since passed to Swedish artist Lars Vilks for his drawings of the prophet Muhammad which were published in the Nerikes Allehanda newspaper.

However, new threats have emerged, leading Säpo to conclude that the country's terror alert status should remain elevated.

The decision comes from a new assessment, which takes place every six months, based on information from various sources.

"We have troops in Afghanistan and are aware that Sweden is on the map in a different way," said Danielsson.

While he refused to elaborate on the specifics of the threat, Danielsson did admit that Säpo failed to detect the suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab, who blew himself up in downtown Stockholm in December.

However, he refused to call the miss a mistake.

"It was our mission to prevent terror attacks in Sweden, but that it was a mistake in the sense that we didn't do our job, that's definitely something I won't say," he told SVT.

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07:47 June 17, 2011 by canuk
welcome to the new sweden.
08:29 June 17, 2011 by miss79
yep canuk, the real sweden which is getting worst day by day
13:29 June 17, 2011 by rise
Agree, Sweden isn't nearly the same country as I grew up in. Now it's flooded, the society a sinking ship and people are desperately trying to keep themselves from drowning.

Welcome to the multicultural haven! :P
17:23 June 17, 2011 by johnss
Funny how countries with a lot of jewish parlment members are hit by terrorists...could they be all lies to shift budgets to benifit politicians..i mean why would terrorists hit a country like sweden, a small country no one really knows about has no over all influnence in the world.
23:02 June 18, 2011 by wenddiver
@Canuk, miss79,rise-

Totally Agree!

@johns- I didn't know you jihad supporters got out of Work that early, you must have skipped evening prayers t get home early enough to spew a little hate towards Jews by 1723 Hours.

Why would terrorists hit Sweden? I don't think they allow thousand word responces, but I would guess:

Alcohol, driving women, working women, women who fail to cover themselves, thinking women, independent women, women who go out of the house with out a male family member's escort, women who think, women who speak to men as equals, Women who haven't had their clits cut off, women who marry who they want, Women who don't want to marry who their family tells them,etc., etc.

Dogs- Everything about Dogs are unclean and un-Islamic, so yes they want to Kill your Dog.

Gays- Rumor has it there may be one or two in Sweden, according to the prophet it would be better if you people would just set yourself on fire. OK, your not cooperating, I guess the Islamists think you need a little help.

Jews- No getting around this the crazies tell you themselves they want to kill them all.

American Ex-Pats- Anybody who has ever seen the Movies "Animal House", "True Grit" and "Black Hawk Down" knows for Islam to win these purveyers of canned beer are going to have to be wiped out.

Swedish native costums do not properly cover women by Islamic standards.

Swedes think Islam is backwards and ignorant.

Etc., etc.
21:44 June 19, 2011 by mkvgtired
Wenddiver, perfectly stated.
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