Sweden probes suicide bomber’s Facebook

Sweden's intelligence agency said Friday it was looking at the Facebook account of the man behind the suicide bomb attack in Stockholm on Saturday in order to identify possible accomplices in the act.

Sweden probes suicide bomber's Facebook

“We look at all leads, including Facebook,” Swedish Security Service (Säpo) spokeswoman Maria Svensson told AFP on Friday.

Investigators have said they are “98 percent certain” the bomber is Taimour Abdulwahab, who grew up in the Middle East and became a Swedish citizen in


Säpo security chief Anders Thornberg could not say if Facebook had enabled the agency to determine if anyone had helped the bomber who blew himself up in central Stockholm on Saturday.

“It’s too early to say and even if I knew, I could not answer because of technical reasons related to the investigation,” Thornberg told daily Dagens Nyheter on Friday.

According to the daily, which quoted specialised Israeli website Haganah, Abdulwahab had one British-based Facebook “friend” who was friends with six of Samir Khan’s Facebook friends.

Samir Khan, a US citizen, is believed to be behind an English-language al-Qaeda magazine and a pro-jihad website which has called for the head of Lars Vilks, the Swedish artist who drew the prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog in 2007.

Abdulwahab — who according to media reports came to Sweden from Iraq as a child and blew himself up the day before his 29th birthday — had been living for the past few years in Luton, northwest of London, with his wife and three children.

He blew himself up near a busy pedestrian street early Saturday evening, killing only himself, but two people were slightly injured when his car exploded a few minutes earlier about 300 metres away.

According to a prosecutor on the case, he intended to kill as many Christmas shoppers as possible, but may have had a faulty bomb.

Police are seeking to determine what exactly happened on Saturday, how he became radicalised and whether he had any accomplices.


Family’s Christmas video goes viral in Sweden

A video made by a Swedish family as a silly Christmas greeting for their friends has gone wildly viral on Facebook, receiving more than half a million views in just four days, not bad for a country of just nine million.

Family's Christmas video goes viral in Sweden
Björn Hansson is 'quite attention-seeking', according to his daughter My. Photo: Screen Grab

The video shows Björn Hansson, from Ljusdal, a small town in central Sweden,  prancing around the frozen Swedish countryside in a bunny suit pursued by his dog Yksi. 


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GOD JUL 2015

Dags för årets julhälsning från min far Björn Hansson! Speciellt tillägnad Maria Wållner, Ewa Almin Olsén, Malin Blomqvist och Sara Carlsson. Ladies, både nätstrumpor och mycket hud! Enyoy.

Posted by My Hansson on Wednesday, 23 December 2015

It was shot by Björn Hansson's daughter My. His wife Kickan Hansson and her friend Theresa Olsson acted as dog handlers.
“It's so funny to think that so many people have seen my Dad in a bunny outfit, and my Dad thinks it's very funny too,” My Hansson told The Local. “He is quite attention-seeking so he likes it. He's very hard to be around because he's very star struck by himself.” 
“It's completely idiotic, but great fun,” Björn Hansson from Ljusdal said in a separate interview with the Helahälsingland newspaper. 
The video was shot a few days before Christmas and shared on Facebook the day before Christmas Eve. 
My Hansson told The Local that she had expected the video to be shared 30 or 40 times among friends, as happened with the silly Christmas photos they have taken in previous years. 
The idea came from their previous year's Christmas photo, when she decided to suspend her father, dressed in a bunny costume, by his feet from a crane, to mimic the traditional way to treat newly shot hares. 
“In Sweden we have a hunting tradition where you hunt hares with a dog like our dog, and when you shoot a hare you hang it upside down with a tree branch in its stomach,” My Hansson explained.
“Last year we hung him up by his legs, so this year we thought we would do a movie showing how we shot him.” 
Both My Hansson and her father are keen hunters, with the daughter, who is an artist, working as an illustrator for a hunting magazine. 
“I knew that hunters would find it funny,” she said. “But I didn't know the rest of Sweden would find it as funny as they have.”
“I think it's unusual to see an old man, jumping around in the middle of the forest freezing dressed as a rabbit. I don't think people have seen it before.”