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Islamist site identifies Stockholm bomber

An Islamist website on Sunday identified the bomber behind Saturday's attacks in the Swedish capital Stockholm as Taimour Abdel Wahab and published a photograph it said was him.

“It is our brother, mujahid Taimour Abdel Wahab, who carried out the martyrdom operation in Stockholm,” said the website Shumukh al-Islam, which published a photograph of a man in dark glasses and Western clothes.

The man also has a light beard and was pictured standing with his hands in his pockets with a green valley in the background.

Twin blasts rocked a shopping street in central Stockholm on Saturday, killing a man suspected of being the bomber, and wounding two others.

The website did not give any other details about the alleged bomber, such as his age or possible affiliation with any extremist group. It also did not say where the photograph was taken.

The attacks were labeled a “terrorist crime” on Sunday by Sweden’s chief prosecutor.

Asked about the Al-Qaeda-linked website’s claim to identify the attacker, Säpo spokeswoman Carolina Ekeus said: “We don’t make any comment about the identity of the person that was found dead.”

The same photo published on the website was published in Swedish newspaper Expressen on Sunday with the face blurred.

Two people were also injured in the blasts. If it is confirmed as a suicide attack, it would be the first in Sweden.

BREAKING

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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