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Terror suspect arrested in Rinkeby

A Swedish citizen has been arrested in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on suspicion of terrorist offences. The man is believed to have connections to Somalian terror group al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaeda.

“One person has been arrested today, supected of conspiracy to commit acts of terror,” said Agnetha Hilding Qvarnström at the International Prosecutor’s Office in Stockholm.

A warrant for the man’s arrest was issued some time ago. He is wanted on ‘probable cause’, the highest grade of suspicion in the Swedish system.

The man was born in 1984 and is of Somalian origin, according to Expressen. He was arrested by heavily armed police.

Hilding Qvarnström confirms that the case is linked to the charges laid against a man in Gothenburg suspected of the same offence.

“There are links with the investigation in Gothenburg,” she said.

Hilding Qvarnström has until Friday to decide whether to charge the man or to release him. Asked whether more arrests were expected, she said:

“You can never know, but now we are continuing our work. The investigation is underway.”

The prosecutor would not confirm the man’s age or that he was of Somalian origin. Nor would she confirm the link to al-Shabaab. She said the arrest was undramatic:

“As far as I know it was orderly.”

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has stated that it has a duty to prevent people travelling from Sweden to take part in acts of violence in war zones, including Somalia.

At least 20 people are known to have travelled from Sweden to Somalia to be trained or participate in acts of violence, according to the Security Service. The service says that it has information relating to four identified Swedish citizens who have been killed in Somalia during the conflict.

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Swedish prosecutors upgrade Almedalen knife attack to terror crime

Prosecutors in Sweden are now treating the murder at the Almedalen political festival as a terror crime, with the country's Säpo security police taking over the investigation.

Swedish prosecutors upgrade Almedalen knife attack to terror crime

In a press release issued on Monday evening, the Swedish Prosecution Authority, said that the 32-year-old attacker, Theodor Engström, was now suspected of the crime of “terrorism through murder”, and also “preparation for a terror crime through preparation for murder”. 

Engström stabbed the psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren last Wednesday as she was on her way to moderate a seminar at the Almedalen political festival on the island of Gotland. 

Although he was a former member of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, police said his motive seemed to be to protest against Sweden’s psychiatry services, who he felt had treated his own mental illness badly. 

The release gave no details as to why the 32-year-old was now being investigated for a more serious crime, but terror expert Magnus Ranstorp told the Expressen newspaper that the shift indicated that police had uncovered new evidence. 

READ ALSO: What do we now know about the Almedalen knife attack? 

“The new crime classification means that they’ve either found a political motive for the attack which meets the threshold for terrorism, and that might be a political motive for murdering Ing-Marie Wieselgren,” he said. “Or they might have discovered that he was scouting out a politician, or another target that could be considered political.” 

Engström’s defence lawyer said last week that his client, who he described as disturbed and incoherent, had spoken in police interrogations of having “a higher-up target”. 

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