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UK suspect 'financier' behind Stockholm bomb

The Local · 11 Mar 2011, 08:45

Published: 11 Mar 2011 08:45 GMT+01:00

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Police were on Thursday granted more time to question the 30-year-old man of Kuwaiti origin over his suspected links to the attack which killed the suicide bomber, Taimour Abdulwahab, and injured two others in the Swedish capital.

The man was arrested in a pre-dawn raid in the Whiteich area of Glasgow on Tuesday and is being held at Govan police station.

His identity remains unconfirmed with reports suggesting that he was nursing student at North Glasgow College rejected by the college, the newspaper reported.

The Swedish Security Service and the UK's MI5 are reported to be assisting the police with their enquiries. According to UK anti-terror laws the police are able to detain the man for questioning without charge for 14 days.

Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen who lived in the British town of Luton with his wife and three children, narrowly missed wreaking carnage among Christmas shoppers when he blew himself up next to Stockholm's busiest pedestrian street on December 11th.

He was carrying a cocktail of explosives and is believed to have mistakenly set off a small explosion that killed him before he could carry out what appears to have been a mission to kill "as many people as possible," a Swedish prosecutor said days after the attack.

An Islamist website, Shumukh al-Islam, posted a purported will by Abdulwahab which said he was fulfilling a threat by Al-Qaeda in Iraq to attack Sweden.

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Shortly before the explosions, Säpo and the TT news agency received an email with audio files in which Abdulwahab is heard telling "all hidden mujahedeen in Europe, and especially in Sweden, it is now the time to fight back."

The attack was the first suicide bombing on Swedish soil.

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Your comments about this article

09:28 March 11, 2011 by Nemesis
So someone from Sweden needed someone from Govan in Glasgow to pay him to blow himself up, in Stockholm.

Do you have any idea how idiotic that sounds?

As for someone from Luton meeting up with someone from Glasgow, it must have been by plane. It would have cost more for a train fare from Luton to Glasgow, than to buy the bomb making equipment.

PS: Upon reading this story, I could only think about an islamic version of Rab C. Nesbitt giving instructions on the back of a beer mat and a loan of a fiver as well as a couple of beers in the pub, to pull this attack of.
12:23 March 11, 2011 by johnny1939
I agree w/ Nemesis It all sounds rather far fetched.
12:42 March 11, 2011 by Zoolander428
We're talking about a guy who blew himself up in an attempt to murder innocent shoppers... and you think just because their financing plan wasn't exactly optimal, it's hard to believe?

These people aren't what most people would consider to be brilliant...
12:47 March 11, 2011 by mfh4
@ Nemesis et al

Evidently you don't have much idea about how Islamic terrorists networks work or how they connect via the web etc. As for the inane comment about the train fare or someone from Glascow meeting someone from Luton ever heard of the internet and money transfers etc.

Just what don't you understand about the description of the detained guy as the "financier" of the plot.

If, and I repeat, if true this makes Sapo look really silly with their comment earlier this week that he acted alone.

12:49 March 11, 2011 by HeilNizar
Don't be surprised if in few years you read in the news that Bin Laden, Al Qaeda and all these so called Jihadis were being Controlled by USA or Israel.
17:49 March 11, 2011 by Grandson of Swedish Emigrants
Wow....the Swedish government is looking even more silly.

So besides th WikiLeaks fiasco, we now have a Islamic terrorist who acted alone, but was financed by outside money and internet instructions.


Sweden is really becoming a world laughing stock! Are honesty, fairness, truth, & justice foreign concepts to Swedish government and its law/justice system?
13:36 March 12, 2011 by malsikcuf
Sweden is in denial. It seems as if they refuse to accept that they have an internal problem, and keep coming up with outlandish fantasies of delusion.

Most people with common sense know the score.
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