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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.
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