Bomber’s wife: ‘I posted audio clips to YouTube’

The widow of the Stockholm suicide bomber said Tuesday that she had posted an audio recording on website YouTube of her husband after he blew himself up in an attempt to target Christmas shoppers.

Bomber's wife: 'I posted audio clips to YouTube'

“I felt it was painful to tell the story over and over again. Naively I thought people were interested in knowing the truth — why he did it — so I put that up on his YouTube channel,” suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab’s widow, Mona Thwany, told Sweden’s TV4 television in an interview.

“I do condemn his actions and I do condemn any terrorism. If I knew what he was going to do I would have stopped him,” said Thwany, who lives with their three children in Britain.

Swedish media had earlier suggested the posting of the audio recording indicated that Abdulwahab had accomplices in organising the attack.

Abdulwahab, a 29-year-old sports therapist whose family fled from Iraq to Sweden in 1991, blew up himself and his car in a busy Stockholm street on December 11. Two passers-by were injured


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. 

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“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”.