• Sweden edition
 
STOCKHOLM SUICIDE BOMBING
Stockholm bomber's widow arrested in UK

Stockholm bomber's widow arrested in UK

Published: 14 Sep 2011 21:36 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Sep 2011 21:36 GMT+02:00

The woman is being held on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts, the BBC reports.

According to the AP news agency, the woman is Mona Thwany, Abdulwahab's widow.

She was arrested on Tuesday in Luton, north of London, the same town where she and Abdulwahab had been living with their three children prior to the attack.

Thwany was questioned at a police station in central London before being released on bond, the BBC reported

“I can confirm that the Metropolitan Police arrested a person yesterday for the preparation of terrorist crimes and that the investigation so far shows that there may be a connection to the terror attack in Stockholm in 2010,” Sara Qvarnström, a spokesperson for Swedish security service Säpo, told the TT news agency.

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 near Drottninggatan, one of Stockholm's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, on December 11th, 2010, injuring two people.

Before the attack, he had lived in Luton, and had graduated with a degree in sports therapy from the city's university seven years earlier.

In March, a 30-year-old man was arrested in Glasgow, Scotland in connection to the investigation to Abdulwahab and was later charged with with crimes related to using money or property for terrorist purposes and fundraising.

Abdulwahab was carrying a cocktail of explosives and is believed to have mistakenly set off a small explosion that killed him before he could carry out what appears to have been a mission to kill "as many people as possible," a Swedish prosecutor said days after the attack.

An Islamist website, Shumukh al-Islam, posted a purported will by Abdulwahab which said he was fulfilling a threat by Al-Qaeda in Iraq to attack Sweden.

Shortly before the explosions, Säpo and the TT news agency received an email with audio files in which Abdulwahab is heard telling "all hidden mujahedeen in Europe, and especially in Sweden, it is now the time to fight back."

Thwany was previous said she was unaware of her husband's plans.

"He never gave off any clues that he was going to blow himself up," she said in an interview with the News of the World in early January, adding that she "totally condemns terrorism".

"I had no knowledge that he could do anything like that. If I had known, I would have stopped him."

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

Your comments about this article

00:12 September 15, 2011 by Grokh
Some people dont deserve any help.
00:15 September 15, 2011 by Svensksmith
Delightful couple...
01:07 September 15, 2011 by johnoleson
With one out of ten Muslims advocating radical Islam views does a pro middle eastern immigration policy make sense? Would a sane person pull the trigger on a revolver with only one bullet in the chamber so as to treat the empty chambers fairly? The Russians call this roulette.
01:09 September 15, 2011 by johnoleson
With one out of ten Muslims advocating radical Islam views does a pro middle eastern immigration policy make sense? Would a sane person pull the trigger on a revolver with only one bullet in the chamber so as to treat the empty chambers fairly? The Russians call this roulette.
01:10 September 15, 2011 by godnatt
And Muslim commenters will jump indiscriminately to her defense in 5...4...3...2
02:00 September 15, 2011 by Tysknaden
Many married christian women would love to see their husband blowing up himself or becoming jailed in!

(Doing the dirty work :-D )
02:43 September 15, 2011 by stoogefest
You didn't guess, godnatt. They're out in the streets right now, cutting the chain on your bike. Or doing your liberal swedish girlfriend. They had you fooled :D
07:01 September 15, 2011 by prince T
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

Why did he not go back and attack those he fled from. U left the log in your eye and wants to remove the speck in another. What a coward people.
07:59 September 15, 2011 by Iraniboy
@johnoleson

You recieve your statistics from some twisted Mulslimophibic minds or you have asked all 1 billion Muslims around the world about their views on this?

This guy blew himself up but none of our Islamophic posters here cal him a loner but Breivik killed near a hundred innocent people mostly teens and everyone call him a loner despite his manifesto and the fact that he share a lot of values with our Islamopbic posters here!
08:36 September 15, 2011 by Scansson
In a news interveiw she had stated that she doesn't believe in "killing innocent people", but which are the innocents, the ones who are part of 'their' religious beliefs?

This arrest was eventually going to happen, very surprising that it took less than a year, and that they actually found her at all.

@ godnatt

It would seem that the usual defenders (iranboy) of this twisted religion that's more of a political party has come to their defense, in less than comments :  )
09:26 September 15, 2011 by Kevin Harris
The British policy when investigating terrorism, is to arrest quite a wide net of associates of the prime suspect. There are more tools available to the police to interview a person under arrest, than for a person who is simply helping police with their enquiries. Much useful information can be extracted from family and associates which ultimately makes the world a safer place.

The associates are usually released in a few days, after they have been "processed", and get on with their lives as best they can. In this case, quite a small price to pay for marrying a potential mass murderer. If she did know what her terrorist husband was up to, the British will lock her up for thirty years.
11:32 September 15, 2011 by izbz
The wife of the bomber must be a very open minded person. Just imagine her dead husband banging all the virgins he can get in heaven.
13:34 September 15, 2011 by Uncle
Even his wife said that he was a "normal muslim".

What does it say about normal muslims?
15:26 September 15, 2011 by johnoleson
@ iraniboy,

The terms muslimphobic, islimphobic or any political term with phobic attatched is designed to shut down dialog and debate. It implies irrational fear. Because of all the recent trends in the Islamic world, It is not an irrational fear that a discontented Muslim will blow himself up and take as many as he can with him with the blessings of his fellow pilgrims.
17:10 September 15, 2011 by calebian22
Iraniboy,

Loner refers to acting alone. Breivik planned and acted alone.

Abdulwadouchbag blew himself up alone, but was indoctrinated in Luton, a hotbad of extremism. Obviously, his wife lied initially, based on this story. He obviously was supported and helped by his piece of dirt wife.
20:26 September 15, 2011 by motti
@Iraniboy, it is amazng how you continue to defend the indefensible. but then of course, Islam allows any malicious statement to be made, whether it is factual or not, truthful or not, so long as it is the interests of Islam.

I trust the many swedes are aware of this fact. Tell me Iraniboy, how do you explain the meaning of a dhimmi? Would you rather be a Moslem in Europe with full rights, or a European in the Moslem world without any rights.

Oh yes, please try to inform the guests on this blog exactly what the green Islamic map of the world looks like today/ Now there's a good lad.
Today's headlines
National
Northern Swedes wake up to September snow

Northern Swedes wake up to September snow

Summer has come to a definite end in Kiruna as residents of the northern town were greeted with a blanket of snow on Sunday morning. READ  

Elections 2014
Ex-Prime Minister: Sweden is falling apart
Former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson. Photo: Leo Sellén/TT

Ex-Prime Minister: Sweden is falling apart

Former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson has said that the election success of the Sweden Democrats is a "slap" in the face for the Stockholm establishment. READ  

National
Trio prosecuted for hate attack against Somalis
Somali nationals taking part in a demonstration against deportations in Stockholm. File photo:Björn Larsson Ask/SvD/ TT

Trio prosecuted for hate attack against Somalis

Three young men in southern Sweden suspected of attacking Somali refugees with stones and screaming "sieg heil" have been indicted on charges of racial agitation. READ  

National
Swedish airfares to get cheaper in 2015

Swedish airfares to get cheaper in 2015

Sweden is set to buck the European trend of rising air prices with fares expected to drop next year according to a new report. READ  

National
Swede's homemade submarine nets fortune
Eric Westerberg's homemade submarine Isabelle. Photo: PS.nu

Swede's homemade submarine nets fortune

A Swedish submarine enthusiast who spent over 3,500 hours making his own vessel has sold his prized possession for 705,000 kronor ($98,500) in an online auction. READ  

National
Cops reported for making 'Roma' comment

Cops reported for making 'Roma' comment

Police in northern Sweden have been reported to the Equality Ombudsman for describing a wanted suspect as having a "Roma appearance." READ  

Donald Duck and Zlatan get Swedish votes
A political career for Zlatan? Some fans seem to want to see that. Photo: Peter Dejong/TT

Donald Duck and Zlatan get Swedish votes

The Bilderberg Group, the Satanic Initiative and Adolf Hitler all received votes in Sweden’s general election, according to a list released by the country’s electoral authority. READ  

Sport
Stockholm fails bid to host Euro 2020 games
The Swedish team in action. Photo: TT

Stockholm fails bid to host Euro 2020 games

Sweden's capital has missed out on a chance to host any Euro 2020 games, with Copenhagen the only Scandinavian city among the thirteen winning locations. READ  

Vicar: God rejects fans of women priests
Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala, is the first woman to head the Swedish church. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Vicar: God rejects fans of women priests

A Swedish priest has been fired after telling his congregation that people who support female priests would be rejected by God - despite the fact that his own church is led by a woman. READ  

Analysis
Women set to dominate top post-election jobs
Margot Wallström (right) could become Stefan Löfven's new Minister of Foreign Affairs. Photo: TT

Women set to dominate top post-election jobs

Sweden could soon get a female Foreign Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt's ousted Moderate Party is preparing for its first woman leader and the grandmother of actor Hugh Grant's son is being tipped as Parliament's next Speaker. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
The 'black gold' of Sweden's west coast.
National
West Sweden prepares for the 2014 lobster premiere
Society
What's on in Sweden
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Gallery
Property of the week - Eskilstuna
Blog updates

20 September

How a Frog Can Save the Environment (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"What we do we imagine when we think of children enjoying nature? Perhaps it’s fishing, marveling at lightning bugs on a muggy July day or blowing on the wispy petals of a dandelion to make a special wish. But perhaps most iconic of the playful innocence in childhood is hopping after and trying to catch..." READ »

 

19 September

Editor’s blog (The Local Sweden) »

"Happy Friday readers! It sure has been a exciting week in Sweden, where we’re set to get a new Prime Minister after Fredrik Reinfeldt stepped down following Sunday’s elections. The Local blogged live from the key political gatherings across Stockholm. Why not re-visit the action by taking a look at our photos, tweets, videos and analysis? Since the..." READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Politics
Green Party wants 'better world' for kids
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
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

867
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