Suicide bomb attack 'planned years ago'
TT/The Local/gm · 9 Apr 2011, 17:48
Published: 09 Apr 2011 17:48 GMT+02:00
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The Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper reports that the bomb attack in central Stockholm may have been more premeditated than was first suspected.
The 30-year-old arrested recently in Scotland and is believed to have assisted suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab is said to have ammassed money in four separate banks in preparation for the attack.
The suspect, who is still being held in Scotland, is said to have acted as financier and may have even started planning as early as 2003.
Svenska Dagbladet reports that the man could have started making payments to Abdulwahab starting in June 2009, some 18 months before the attack in the Swedish capital.
The latest revelations prompted terrorist expert Magnus Ranstorp to wonder how come Abdulwahab had not appeared on the radar of the security services earlier, bearing in mind his financial activity.
"It could prove that he has a broader range of contacts and longstanding communication with various groups," he told SvD.