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Suicide bomb 'may have been cannabis press'

David Landes · 1 Mar 2011, 11:41

Published: 01 Mar 2011 11:41 GMT+01:00

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On a number of websites featuring equipment for cannabis users there is a product which looks strikingly similar to a small metal cylinder found near Taimour Adulwahab after he blew himself up in central Stockholm in December.

"It's quite possible that it will end up helping us in the investigation," Sirpa Franzén, a spokesperson with the Swedish security service Säpo, told The Local in reference to a recent tip about the similarities.

Despite nearly three months of investigative work and assistance from FBI bomb experts flown in from the United States, the origins of the small pipe have remained a mystery to Säpo investigators.

In an effort to gain some insight into the mysterious object, Säpo sent images of the cylinder to all the local police districts in Sweden with a request for help in identifying it.

Explosives expert Bo Janzon, a professor at Mälardalen University, told the Aftonbladet newspaper that the small cylinder could hold 30-40 grammes of explosive material.

"It's like a little hand grenade," he told the newspaper.

Investigators hoped that determining what the cylinder is, where it was manufactured, and where it was purchased, could provide more answers in their ongoing investigation into Adulwahab's movements before the bombing.

"Our very intensive investigation continues, and we're still following up leads about possible accomplices and the work that went into the preparation of the act," said Franzén.

And following a report about the mysterious cylinder in Aftonbladet, Säpo investigators may be one step closer to solving the riddle about the small pipe.

The story about the unidentified cylinder, which was also reported in Norwegian media, yielded a flood of tips, including one from someone who theorised that the small tube was actually a piece of equipment popular with cannabis users.

According to the tipster, the small metal pipe found near Adulwahab looks very much like a pollen press, a device used to compact dried resin extracted from cannabis plants.

According to the marijuana enthusiast website bakedlife.com, a pollen press, also known as a kief press, is something "every stoner should get" as it helps turn powder from ground up marijuana plants into a "convenient and smokeable mini brick".

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Franzén said the tip about the possible pollen press connection to the Stockholm suicide bomber was "one of many" that came in following media reports about the mysterious pipe.

However, she refused to speculate on the likelihood that the Stockholm bomber's pipe bomb may in fact be a common piece of equipment with marijuana users.

"It's one of many parts of a very comprehensive investigation," said Franzén, adding that investigators have collected over 1,000 tips and conducted 700 interviews related to the bombing.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:30 March 1, 2011 by HYBRED
And who said potheads where stupid?
12:59 March 1, 2011 by ooh456
Legalize it.
13:18 March 1, 2011 by Swedesmith
Harald and Koumar go to Sweden.
13:58 March 1, 2011 by Rishonim
Wait, now they police will investigate the pot head for use of an illegal substance. This is how law enforcement work in Sweden. Smoking pot and killing someone in sweden carries the prison time ;-)
15:02 March 1, 2011 by Matewis
It is probably the only country in the world where the police are unfamiliar with drug paraphernalia.

Come on man, I spotted that pollen press the moment I opened this page and saw the image.

Go figure, if they can't distinguish between hash and heroin, I don't have much hope for them...
15:09 March 1, 2011 by Rishonim
Matewis, that's because smoking pot in this country is so taboo. They even think pot smokers are idiots and losers.
16:55 March 1, 2011 by flintis
@rishonim: lots of Swedes go to Kristiania!!
17:46 March 1, 2011 by Decedo
Swedish cops should take some paraphernalia recognizing training in BC, Canada, or Calif. On the other hand, imagine how many heads here tell a cop that their roach-clip is a paper-clip that they dropped in the mud....and they believe them :)
20:23 March 1, 2011 by locaxy
I wear contact lenses so my eyes occasionaly turn red when there's dust in the air. I was forced by a cop to pee in a cup to check for THC.

It came back negative but I lost an afternoon arguing with the cops that "red eyes" is not probable cause to get a sample of my urine. I was wrong...this country is what Orwell warned us about.
23:37 March 1, 2011 by maxbrando
Potheads beware! Now you are considered potential terrorists!! Good for you! But how can anyone add you to the no-fly list. You all have been flying for years! I'm glad you have to stay off airplanes.
23:54 March 1, 2011 by Strongbow
So this was an accident. He was just involved in a car accident, and wandered in the city. Then felt the need to smoke and press some pot seeds and it blew up. His family should probably sue the manufacturer.
10:42 March 2, 2011 by Streja
The FBI didn't know what it was either. SÄPO worked with the FBI on this. It was all reported in the Swedish media but you lot don't know Swedish.
19:03 March 4, 2011 by munched
The record still stands: Since the beginning of recorded history, 0 deaths caused by cannabis!
08:09 March 6, 2011 by mikewhite
Hmm, looks ideal for making garlic purée ...
16:02 April 19, 2011 by CokoSwede
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