Explosions in Stockholm, 1 dead 2 injured, believed to be "failed terrorist attack"
By Per Nyberg | CNN.com
A failed terrorist attack in a central Stockholm district full of Christmas shoppers could have been catastrophic, Swedish authorities said late Saturday.
Police said the explosions were in a popular pedestrian shopping area. CNN
Police are investigating whether two explosions in Stockholm, an e-mail threat sent shortly before the attack that mentions Afghanistan and the body of a man who was apparently killed in one of the explosions are related.
"Most worrying attempt at terrorist attack in crowded part of central Stockholm. Failed -- but could have been truly catastrophic," Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said in a Twitter message on Saturday.
A Swedish news agency and police said they received e-mail threats against the Swedish people 10 minutes before the explosions, which killed one person and injured two others on Saturday.
"We have not taken any decision to increase the terror threat level," said Swedish Security Police spokesman Mikael Gunnarsson. "And apart from the e-mail we didnít have any other indications or threats that this would happen," Gunnarsson added.
"Suicide" blasts in Stockholm, Sweden
Video from: YouTube.com
The writer of the e-mail mentions the presence of Swedish troops in Afghanistan and a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Mohammed, according to TT, a Swedish news wire.
The e-mails contained sound files featuring a person speaking in Swedish and Arabic, TT reported.
The sender referred to Swedish silence regarding the Afghanistan troops and the controversial cartoon by Lars Vilks that depicted Mohammed as having the body of a dog.
"Now your children, daughters and sisters will die like our brothers and sisters and children are dying," the e-mail states, according to TT.
"Our actions will speak for themselves," the person said in an audio recording attached to the email. "As long as you donít end your war against Islam and the humiliation against the prophet and with your stupid support to Lars Vilks the pig."
Swedish terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp told CNN that he did not believe the attacker acted alone.
"This was not something where he just woke up and thought that he would blow himself up," said Ranstorp, a professor at the Swedish military academy and a former professor in terrorism studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Police said the explosions were in a popular pedestrian shopping area.
"One explosion happened at the intersection of Drottninggatan and Olof Palmes Gata," two busy streets in central Stockholm, said police spokeswoman Petra Sjolander. "This was the car that exploded multiple times."
A second explosion occurred about five minutes later, at the intersection of Drottninggatan and Bryggargatan streets, Sjolander said.
An unidentified man was found dead at the scene of the second blast.
"We donít know at this point what caused the second explosion," Sjolander said, describing it as suspicious.
A bag was found near the body, she said.
"We had bomb technicians on site, but I canít give you any details of what they did," Sjolander told CNN.
A bomb robot rolled up to the body and removed the bag for examination, according to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
In the first incident, multiple blasts went off in a car, according to Sjolander.
"It is likely that this was some kind of gas tubes that have caused the car to explode multiple times," she said.
Two people at the site of the car explosion were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, she said.
Video on Swedenís TV4 showed flames spewing from the car, which was parked behind several others.
The e-mail writer ended the message with a call for action "to all Mujahadeen in Europe and Sweden," TT said.
"Now is the time to strike, donít wait any longer," the message read, according to TT. "Step up with whatever you have, even if it is a knife, and I know you have more than a knife. Fear no one, fear not prison, fear not death."
TT said that it was not clear from the e-mail or the audio files if the person belongs to any specific organization.
The person claimed to have been to the Middle East and asked family for forgiveness for lying to them. "I didnít go to the middle east to work," the writer wrote. "I went there for jihad."
Article from: cnn.com
US embassy: íSweden no longer neutralí
Sweden Officially Declared Dead - Population Asleep and Silent
Anti-Semitism in Sweden?
Zionism in Sweden - How Zionists Divide and Conquer
Sweden Considers Cashless Society
Made In Sweden - Illuminati Symbols (They are so Creative)
Latest News from our Front Page
Norway's sneaky arms exports to Israel
It may come as a shock that Norway, the home of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Oslo accords, is funneling weapons to Israel.
Palestine is second only to Afghanistan in the amount of aid it receives from the Norwegian government. Last year, Norway‚Äôs aid to Palestine totaled nearly $100 million.
Palestine solidarity activists stage a die-in outside the Norwegian parliament in ...
TV2 Denmark Documentary on HPV Vaccine Shows Lives of Young Women Ruined
TV2 Denmark has done something no mainstream media network in the United States will dare to do: look into the controversial HPV vaccine that many have claimed has ruined the lives of so many young women, and publish an investigative report.
In December of 2013 Katie Couric did a show on the HPV Gardasil Vaccine where she dared to interview the ...
Unique historic color video shows Berlin in July 1945
New footage has emerged of Berlin in the aftermath of World War II. The video, filmed in July 1945, shows famous landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag in ruins as ordinary citizens try to go about their everyday lives.
The video, shot around two months after the city fell in 1945, shows the utter destruction the German capital underwent ...
Universities Don't Understand Safe Spaces
Youtube description: Apparently people don't understand why allowing people to grow up in a perpetual hug box is bad for them. This article's writer does give me some faith in humanity though.
#TexasAttack What You Are Not Being Told!
A video giving us a clearer picture of what's really going on behind the recent attack in Texas, Garland.
|More News » |