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Unknown man took photos of bomber's body

TT/Rebecca Martin · 5 Dec 2011, 07:36

Published: 05 Dec 2011 07:36 GMT+01:00

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“He was standing less than a metre away from the dead man’s head. He had a professional camera with a zoom. I thought that it was quick for a journalist to get on to the scene,” one witness told daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

After taking the man’s picture, the photographer vanished from the scene.

The second eye-witness, who was closer to Abdulwahab and the unidentified photographer, told the paper that the man gave him an eerie feeling.

“To most he was just a lucky photographer who stumbled upon the incident. But to me, he was something more. It was as if he had been waiting for the blast,” he said to the paper.

Terror experts told the newspaper such occurrences are not that unusual. Rather, through previous experiences with suicide bombings, experts have seen that there are often those who follow the bomber, within an appropriate distance from the blast.

“This could be because of one of three reasons: there is not complete trust in the bomber himself, they want to be able to show the world propaganda material of how well they have done and finally to learn from the experience before sending out the next bomber,” SvD’s terror source said.

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The fact that the photos, which could have been sold for at least 100,000 kronor ($14,835), have never been published also raises questions and points to the snapper having been connected to the attempt, according to the paper.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:16 December 5, 2011 by bourgeoisieboheme
So... any description of the photographer? I know quite a few photographers as do many others. Maybe we could help find out who it was? Seems to me Sweden is the one country who never gives descriptions of people involved in news worthy headlines. Frustrating!
09:30 December 5, 2011 by RobinHood

There's a reason why the Swedish police are unable to use the common and effective crime fighting tool of publishing the description of a suspect. I'm afraid people will call me a racist if I tell you what it is.
10:04 December 5, 2011 by bourgeoisieboheme
I'm from America and we had that show, Americas's most wanted and it showed who the suspect was or what the persons description was and it worked as people watched it and many people were caught based upon descriptions and police sketches alone.
11:14 December 5, 2011 by Fernandis
This top news headline in "the local" is completely non-sense, doesn't help anyone in anyway.....people are happy n busy in shoping and i see this "news" by "the local" an attempt to create more panic, fear !
11:53 December 5, 2011 by HYBRED
Say cheeese!!
15:32 December 5, 2011 by Svensksmith
Swiss cheese.
17:54 December 5, 2011 by Greekfan
@ Svensksmith, ha ha , good one, I like it.
20:23 December 5, 2011 by godnatt
21:00 December 5, 2011 by PoJo
Exactly Fernandis!
01:34 December 6, 2011 by nathan45
Immigration is great I love when people come to my country complain and blow s*** up!
08:42 December 6, 2011 by jostein
11:14 December 5, 2011 by Fernandis

21:00 December 5, 2011 by PoJo

A real journalist does not publish because of the effect it will have on the reader but because a story is true and relevant. To publish becuase of the effect a piece of news will have or not have on the public is not journalism, its manipulation and a close kin to pure propaganda.
18:53 December 6, 2011 by shahislam
Everyone please note: Unhappy world leaders can only make the world populace more unhappy. So, consider smiling capability factors before you cast your vote. Semitic leaders like bearded Emirs, Bushes, Hedgehogs are incapable of smiling or be happy, how they can make others happy?


Hezbollah, Hamas, Iranian, Bengali etc. and similar type Mullahs, please find some good or happy personal businesses and don't keep your territorial portion of global public hostage and thereby obstruct humanity's global progress beyond limitations-'that are directly imposed by old political ideas or religious blindness of human's vulnerable belief system! All, the humans want is to remain happy and alive! You Semites in power are energetic guys with small minds but surely want the same thing just like mankind any where on earth does; so, forget your own ego and selfishness. Let's lift the boundaries; Set the humanity free and happily share one world as if it is the only paradise in the eternal Cosmic system of the religion-less Creator.

We, the humans, like all the other creations, begin to become just atoms or in other words: chemicals after our hearts stop functioning.

19:02 December 6, 2011 by KungsholmenGuy
Another detail that may suggest that the photographer was there to take propaganda photos and/or to learn from the attempt is merely the fact that he ran up to the bomber and took a photo. If the bomb had just detonated a few minutes earlier, and the car bomb had also gone off not long before, wouldn't most people stay away from the bomber for fear of an additional blast?

The month's worth of now lost 24hour/day security footage that the shop keeper offered the police could have shown this individual studying the area with the bomber earlier that month, and this would have enabled the police to issue still photos to ask the public to assist in bringing this person in for questionning.
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