• Sweden's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Brussels terrorist shot dead in raid 'lived in Stockholm'
Tuesday's police raid in Brussels. Photo: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

Brussels terrorist shot dead in raid 'lived in Stockholm'

The Local · 18 Mar 2016, 10:05

Published: 18 Mar 2016 10:05 GMT+01:00

The firefight on Tuesday, in which an Algerian national with suspected ties to Isis was killed, erupted after Belgian and French police searched a property in connection with the November 13th massacres in Paris, claimed by the militant organization.

Sky News reported on Friday that the man's name appeared on a list of 22,000 people with suspected terrorism connections, which was leaked to the TV station by a former Isis member earlier this month.

According to the list, the 35-year-old lived in Sweden for a period of time, where he is understood to have been married. It is believed he left Sweden in spring 2014 to travel onwards to Tel Abyad in northern Syria via Spain, Germany, France and Turkey.

Swedish media reported that the man, named as Mohamed Belkaid, is still listed in the Stockholm area. According to the Dagens Nyheter daily he spent time in jail and was fined on separate occasions in Sweden between 2009 and 2013 over minor offences, including using counterfeit documents and theft.

“It is common in these circles to have a multi-criminal background, everything from petty thieves to people who have committed more serious crimes,” terror expert Magnus Ranstorp told the TT newswire.

“It would be surprising if he had not been on Säpo's radar.”

Säpo, Sweden's security police, would not comment on whether or not the man was previously known to officers in the country, but told TT it had passed on “information” to Belgian police.

However a Swedish prosecutor said that the 35-year-old had never featured in a Swedish terrorism investigation.

Story continues below…

"We constantly look at people who are relevant in France and Belgium and the names circulating. As soon as we have enough we start an investigation. But we have never had any investigations about this person or any persons close to him," said Hans Ihrman of the national prosecutorial unit which investigates cases relating to national security.

Another two suspects managed to escape when police raided the Brussels hideout on Tuesday. Sources close to the investigation told AFP that the officers visited the apartment believing it was rented under the same false identity as a hideout in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi used by the Paris attackers.

In the Charleroi hideout, police had found DNA traces of Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud as well as Chakib Akrouh, both of whom were killed north of the French capital days after the Paris attacks under a hail of police bullets.

According to Belgian daily De Standaard, police believe both properties were actually rented by convicted car thief Khalid El Bakraoui, 27, who is at large. His brother, Ibrahim El Bakraoui, is also known to authorities and served a nine-year sentence in 2010 after firing on police during a robbery, according to daily La Derniere Heure.

Sources close to the investigation told AFP the search on Tuesday was to verify if the El Bakraoui brothers were to be found at the apartment, though expectations were low as water and electric power had been cut off for  weeks.

For more news from Sweden, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Today's headlines
Want a job? Here’s where Sweden needs people
Nurses are in high demand in Sweden. Photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT

It’s not always easy to find work in Sweden, but there are quite a few professions crying out for new workers in the coming year.

Top Swedish businesswomen slam boardroom quota plan
Antonia Ax:son Johnson opposes the plan. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

It's a slippery slope, they say.

What's on in Sweden
Five great ways to kick off July in Stockholm
A ghost walk in Gamla Stan is one way to kick off July in Stockholm. Photo: Jeppe Wikström/Visit Stockholm

From Vikings to ghosts, music and more: The Local looks at five great ways to kick off July in Stockholm.

In pictures: Eight cool compact Scandinavian houses
Houzz.se editor Sara Norrman rounds up some neat but great Scandinavian houses. Photo: Sommarnöjen

Size isn't everything, and Houzz.se's editor in chief Sara Norrman proves it with this looks at nine brilliant uses of compact Scandinavian houses.

Brexit and the growing digital divide
A business meeting at Artipelag in Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Trygg/mediabank.visitstockholm.com

Modern tech hubs like Stockholm are thriving while smaller regions struggle. We need to close this gap and we need to do it quickly, argues Leif Rehnström, CEO of the Skellefteå-based Hello Future!

Brexit vote
'Brexit is an opportunity for businesses in Stockholm'
Could London's pain be Stockholm's gain post Brexit? Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/TT

The Local speaks to British business owners in Sweden about how they think the Brexit vote will impact their work.

Swedish police to hand out anti-groping armbands
A boy and a girl wearing the armbands. Photo: Swedish police

Swedish police have launched a campaign aimed at curbing sexual harassment among young people.

Use it or lose it: Swedish banknotes expire this week
The notes in question. Photo: Micke Larsson/TT

Make sure you don't forget to spend your old Swedish 20, 50 and 1,000 kronor notes, which will no longer be legal tender by the end of the week.

Foul-mouthed attack on young Swedish mother in England
York from above. Photo: Peter Czerwinski

The woman was told to go back to her own country after she was heard speaking Swedish to her children.

Meat-free days soaring in Swedish schools
Meat-free days are up by as much as 80 percent in Swedish schools. Photo: Lunds Universitet/TT

The number of Swedish schools ditching meat has grown significantly according to a study of municipal environmental credentials by a sustainability magazine.

Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
National
Is this Swede the new Vincent van Gogh?
Sponsored Article
5 reasons you should try dating with The Inner Circle
Politics
Citizenship applications up 500% for Brits in Sweden
National
The humble Swede who sent England home from Euro 2016
Blog updates

28 June

A message for British expats in Sweden (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"The people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union. As Prime Minister…" READ »

 

10 June

i lördags, på lördag – time phrases for present, past and future (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hejsan! Swedish time phrases can be difficult to master. It takes a lot of practice to…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
How to find student housing in Malmö: 5 tips
Gallery
Property of the week: Torhamn
Sponsored Article
International students in Stockholm partner with Nepal school
International
'A morning of sorrow': Sweden reacts to Brexit vote
International
Sweden opposition cools talk of 'Swexit' poll
International
'Devastated' - Brits in Sweden shocked by Brexit vote
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Gallery
People-watching: June 22nd
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Private
The Local Voices
'Swedes don't treat me differently because I wear a hijab'
Culture
How do Swedes celebrate Midsummer?
Sponsored Article
Education abroad: How to find an international school
Culture
Coming soon: Sweden’s smelly fermented fish
Sponsored Article
The man behind Sweden's biggest music festival
National
Assange lawyer: Sweden should recognize UN opinion
Private
The Local Voices
Why is this Syrian dentist who hugs like a Swede worried about undies?
Sponsored Article
US expats: Have you met your tax deadlines?
Swedish nationalist 'shot and ate' lion and giraffe
Sponsored Article
Malmö: Home to the best food in Sweden?
Analysis & Opinion
'Sweden's residency revamp is harmful and inhumane'
Sponsored Article
VIDEO: Why Malmö is the world's 6th best city for biking
Photo: The Local
The Local Voices
UNHCR boss: 'It's hard to start your life without your family'
Sponsored Article
5 reasons you should try dating with The Inner Circle
Politics
VIDEO: Brits in Europe say why UK should stay
Photo: Marko Risović
The Local Voices
World Refugee Day: Searching for safety in Europe - in pictures
Sponsored Article
6 simple travel hacks that will make your life easier
National
Is Swedish nationalists’ foreign food ban bananas?
Gallery
Property of the week: Söråker
International
Poll shows huge support for EU in Sweden
The Local Voices
How a Syrian scuba diver mobilized Sweden's biggest asylum centre
Sport
Zlatan: 'If we'd been fighting for real, he'd be in hospital'
3,308
jobs available
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:
psdmedia.se