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Swedish military raises terror threat level

Swedish military raises terror threat level

Published: 04 Jun 2012 16:18 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Jun 2012 16:18 GMT+02:00

The Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmaketn) on Monday raised its terror threat level to "elevated" citing the "general development" of threats in recent years.

As part of its ongoing terror threat assessment work, Swedish military intelligence agency MUST (Militära underrättelse- och säkerhetstjänsten) this spring carried out an assessment of the overall terror threat against the Swedish military.

The assessment led the agency to raise the threat level to "elevated" from "low".

"The elevation of the threat level for the Armed Forces in Sweden is based on the general development of threats that has taken place in recent years," the military said in a statement published on its website.

"The development includes increased activity in certain groups that embrace violence where the activity has been deemed to be directed against Sweden and Swedish interests."

In raising the threat level, the Swedish military brought its terror threat assessment in line with that of Swedish security Säpo, which raised its terror threat level to "elevated" in October 2010.

When Säpo raised its terror threat assessment it came as the result of a concrete threat.

While the specific threat was later neutralized following the arrest of several suspects, Sweden's overall terror threat level has remained "elevated" at a level three on a five-level scale, based on an assessment from Sweden's National Centre for Terrorist Threat Assessment (Nationellt centrum för terrorbedömning – NCT).

In making its assessment, MUST has taken into account the attacks in recent years against military targets in Europe, including the murders earlier this year of soldiers in the French city of Toulouse.

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16:54 June 4, 2012 by gpafledthis
CIA-FBI-etc how mundane (sorry danies) Now SAPO that's got "twang"!!
23:20 June 4, 2012 by Smokebox
Ha. Hunting season must be just getting ready to start?
05:18 June 5, 2012 by SecondGen
I wonder if this is related to PhD students demanding residency?
05:57 June 5, 2012 by skatty
I think the level of threat should be increased parallel with the percent of weapon a country sell in the weapon market, and Sweden has a high number in weapon business (actually the highest in proportion with the population!)
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