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Suicide bomber lived off Swedish student aid

Suicide bomber lived off Swedish student aid

Published: 18 Feb 2013 10:18 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Feb 2013 10:18 GMT+01:00

Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab received more money from the Swedish state than from his terrorist financiers, including a 54,000-kronor ($8,550) payout made after he bled to death in his failed terror bid.

All told, Abdulwahab received nearly 750,000 kronor ($119,000) from the Swedish National Board for Student Aid (Centrala studiestödsnämnden, CSN), the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reports.

The figure is more than ten times the estimated $8,000 sum cited in a Scottish court's conviction last year of Nesserdine Menni, who was sentenced to seven years in prison for funding Abdulwahab's December 2010 attack in Stockholm.

The revelations come from Swedish author Mats Ekman, the author of a book on Iraqi intelligence activities in Sweden during Saddam Hussein's rule of Iraq.

Ekman examined all of Abdulwahab's student aid applications and payments, and discovered the Stockholm suicide bomber frequently sent certificates to CSN verifying his coursework.

"I would like to thank CSN and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," Abdulwahab wrote at the end of one of his letters to the agency.

According to Ekman's research, Abdulwahab first applied for student aid in the late 1990s and used the money he received from the Swedish agency to fund his studies in Luton, England, the place where the Iraqi-born Swede is believed to have became inspired by militant Islamism.

It remains unclear what happened to the 54,000 kronor sent by CSN to Abdulwahab two days after he died in the December 2012 suicide bomb attack in a busy shopping district in central Stockholm.

After Abdulwahab's death, CSN subsequently wrote off 670,000 kronor of his student loan debt.

Prosecutor Agnetha Hilding Qvarnström continues to investigate the suicide bomb attack but refused to speculate on how much money Abdulwahab may have spent or whether Swedish student aid money may have been used to buy materials used in the bomb attack.

Hilding Qvarnström is expected to present her investigation some time in the spring.

The revelations may also lead to changes in how CSN deals with outstanding debts when someone dies with outstanding dues.

"This has been a real eye-opener for us," CSN spokesman Klas Elfving told DN, adding that the payment was authorized on December 9th, prior to Abdulwahab's death.

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11:05 February 18, 2013 by Rishonim
Nothing new here. When Sweden is not hosting terrorist, it is exporting them, when not exporting them, they are using my tax money to educate and support them in their quest to kill people.
11:25 February 18, 2013 by muscle
...and they claim to be doing something for good and truth and honesty.. yet they themselves kill and will destroy the same state that helps them live! Shame on these people! They can not even utter a single word to their own govts, yet here they act as the lords!
11:27 February 18, 2013 by RobinHood
"This has been a real eye-opener for us," CSN spokesman Klas Elfving

Note to Klas: Don't send 54 000 SEK to dead terrorists two days after they have detonated themselves in the middle of Stockholm. Very bad!
12:52 February 18, 2013 by Svensksmith
Our tax dollars at work.
12:55 February 18, 2013 by occassional
Always great to see tax money being put to good use.
13:07 February 18, 2013 by Reason and Realism
Somewhat graphic terminology, 'after he bled to death'., but at the same time appropriate to remind readers of the disgusting death he suffered while trying to inflict this form of death on others, when he chose how to thank the people who accepted him as a refugee from Iraq, housed him, fed him, and paid for him to get a university education.
14:48 February 18, 2013 by erik9050
Dear all, please read the true story behind here: http://pastebay.net/1183754
14:52 February 18, 2013 by Eric1
Ain't diversity great.
16:49 February 18, 2013 by dott
Proud to pay taxes in Sweden.
17:29 February 18, 2013 by TG22
Nothing better than kill infidels with infidel's money...
21:06 February 18, 2013 by muscle
@erik9050: Regardless of whatever is the story, it does not justify that people become @as$holes and start killing others in the name of religion . third party or no third party, all such acts should be condemned.

Even if the story that you have placed is true, well first these people claim to be religious and talk about peace and cr@p, they keep beards claiming to be the righteous and the faithful and then they act like idiots and start believing the third parties... in any case, third party or no third party, they do not deserve to be spared. The lies are enough reason for their punishment!
23:19 February 18, 2013 by svenskmat
mmmmh, this is another story , i do not like this at all,
13:55 February 19, 2013 by Freyr
I really hope these actions are going to raise native Swedes to action. It's time to stop brown nosing these people and start being firm. The identity of an ethnic group and culture is at stake here.

We can do it in a peaceful way, of course. But this "diversity" is killing us as a people and culture.
19:20 February 19, 2013 by godnatt
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