Local imam condemns Stockholm bombings

The imam of Stockholm's grand mosque on Sunday condemned twin blasts which targeted shoppers in the Swedish capital, killing one person, believed to be the bomber.

Sheik Hassan Mussa, imam of the Södermalm mosque, deplored “all forms of attacks, violence, fears and threats against innocent people, whatever the motive or pretext”, in a statement sent to the Swedish news agency TT.

The security and stability of Sweden are a religious and social duty, he added.

The explosions in a busy part of the capital packed with Christmas shoppers came minutes after Sweden’s TT news agency received a message denouncing Sweden’s military presence in Afghanistan and threatening deadly attacks.

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt spoke of a “terrorist attack” that could have had “catastrophic consequences” and Sweden’s secret service called the blasts a “terrorist crime”.

The suspected bomber is believed to be the lone fatality in the blasts, which injured two other people.

On Sunday, a spokesperson for Swedish security service Säpo said the blasts were being investigated as a “terrorist crime”, adding however that it was “too early” to say for sure whether or not there is a connection between the explosions and the message sent to TT.

The Swedish government is being updated continually as the investigation into the blasts proceeds, but still considers it a police matter.

Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has no plans for a statement for the moment, his spokesperson Roberta Ahlenius told the TT news agency early Sunday morning.