Unknown man took photos of bomber’s body

A so far unidentified man allegedly took photos of Taimour Abdulwahab’s wounded body minutes after he had detonated a bomb near a central Stockholm shopping district last December, according to new eye witness reports.

Unknown man took photos of bomber's body

“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.

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.

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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”.