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Two arrested for Gothenburg bomb threat

TT/The Local · 30 Oct 2010, 21:27

Published: 30 Oct 2010 21:27 GMT+02:00

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Several people were detained by Swedish police on Saturday in connection with the bomb threat in the western Swedish city, all but two have now been released but all remain interesting to the investigation.

The alleged offences involving both those arrested and those released have been classified as conspiring to commit terrorist attacks. Aside from that the police remain restrictive with details concerning the case.

"We know that this is diffuse and mysterious. But it could be that you are going to have an 'aha reaction' in hindsight and understand why we choose to work in this way," said police spokesperson Björn Blixter.

Blixter concluded that the police were satisfied with their work.

"There remains no one on the loose," he said, adding that interviews have been conducted with the suspects during the course of the day.

According to broadcaster TV4 three people, all men, were detained in the Angered district of the Gothenburg, but the police have not confirmed the number of suspects involved in the case.

Despite the arrests the threat remains, police have confirmed, but declined to elaborate on whether there were further possible suspects.

"The threat against central Gothenburg has not been warded off with today's arrests. We stand by what we said initially, which is that a bomb is to be detonated somewhere in central Gothenburg on Saturday," said Björn Blixter.

Police revealed Friday that they had been tipped off "by a credible source" that a bomb attack was planned in central Gothenburg.

There is currently no indication that the raised threat level will continue throughout Sunday, but the police will retain their higher profile in central Gothenburg during the day.

"We don't know if we have all the people involved and what else could happen, therefore we want to retain our pledge to retain a broad presence in the city centre," Blixter said.

A decision will be taken over the threat level on Sunday, he said.

According to TV4 national police units have been called in to Gothenburg.

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Despite the bomb threat, retailers have been operating as normal for a Saturday and the city centre has been thronging with people.

"Those behind this are not going to stop me. They should not win," said Mari-Ann Wallander, who has been in the city centre several times during the day.

Sweden's Security Service (Säpo) said it was working closely with Gothenburg police but the terrorist alert level remained unchanged.

The terrorism alert level was raised by one point in October from "weak" (two on a scale of five) to three because of the perceived increased threat of terrorism in Europe.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

22:03 October 30, 2010 by BCR
Could you be any more vague?
22:58 October 30, 2010 by Carnitas
23:05 October 30, 2010 by Syftfel
@BCR Such an act can only eminate from one source: An UIghuir Buddist sect from Mongolia. Unless of course it's the Irish Monks in Killarney. No, wait.. It's that secretive Satmar Jewish Orthodox group in Slovakia. They're the ones we should investigate. Or could it possibly have been directed from the Pope himself? Maybe that's where we should look? Deport all Catholics now!!! BCR, Swedish media today are prohibited by the PC edicts from the vicious Left to speak the truth. That's the sad reality. In the meantime we can only let the rumors fly. Except in this case an imbicile can figure out what this is all about. Just don't say it! If you do you'lle be under fierce attack from the full force of the DO. And the liberals will stop at nothing from dragging you into court.
23:09 October 30, 2010 by Carnitas
01:04 October 31, 2010 by kenny8076
AAAHHH i love the smell of immigrants in the morning!!!
01:15 October 31, 2010 by Carnitas
Wow, that's a shocker. For those of you who like to put down SD, take a moment to consider that if the SD policies on taking in refugee/asylum seekers from certain parts of the world were implemented, we would never have to read news like this. Sweden needs to stop importing terror.
02:15 October 31, 2010 by saab
You reap what you sow.

"Once upon a time there was a country named Sweden and then..."

Perhaps, perhaps a light bulb will go off and that 5.6% will grow. It's always so easy to be liberal when the bombs are going off somewhere else.

As we used to say: a liberal is someone who's never been mugged
07:22 October 31, 2010 by countrysidedrive
The police should never have issued a alarm and scared the whole city. How many bombs have blown up in Gothenburg in the last 100 years? Or for that fact how many in Sweden? Who are Sweden's enemies? Why would anyone bomb Sweden?
08:35 October 31, 2010 by rafa1981
What is the purpose of media publishing news about something that it is supposed to be done after an investigation is concluded (to avoid alert the suspect) and presenting hard evidence? for me it´s very obvious.

Back in the days church and kings invented that we needed to kill unfaithful to save our souls (induce fear via invented threats), now they invent this crap (induce fear via invented threats), terrorist strikes in Sweden? don´t make me laugh, if we have one don't doubt that it will be a false flag one, but I don't think that it will be needed, people is scared very easy here.

Looks like we didn't learn history.
09:04 October 31, 2010 by Iraniboy
"Reliable source"?

Like an unknown woman calling from an unknown phone? Last time they didn't bother to apologize for harassing that Pakistani guy. This time they are harassing a whole Syrian family. If police is good enough they find concrete evidence and arrests the criminals instead of relying on false alarms and harassing people. Unless it is political agenda to gain a political advantage which I can only say. It is 'Dirty' and 'immoral'.
09:18 October 31, 2010 by izbz

I love the smell of immigrant women more than the men but without cheap perfume on.

By the way, we are not sure that it is the work of the immigrant...but if it is, the government should really consider bringing our live soldiers back from Afganistan instead of the dead. Like I said before why should we be clean up others sh#t and F#¤kup in the Afghan. Let those who started it in Afghan clean their own mess.
18:54 October 31, 2010 by Carnitas
@Iraniboy- You sound like you are in some serious denial. f they had arrested 4 Swedes in connection with this crime why do I seriously doubt that you would have written what you did? Look, the answer is not- deny, deny, deny. The answer is to recognize that there is a HUGE problem in the Muslim culture as it pertains to terrorist activities, be accountable and deal with it. It's responses like yours that put Muslim communities at odds with Western society.
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