Sweden target of online threats

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- An English-language online publication with links to al-Qaida has praised the suicide bomber attack in Stockholm in December, Swedish security officials said.

Swedish terrorism Magnus Ranstort said the article in the online Inspire magazine is a sign Sweden has become more attractive to terrorists, Swedish news agency TT reported Thursday.


The suicide bomber was hailed in the latest online edition of Inspire.

"That he lived a comfortable life and had a wife and children did not stop Taimour Abdulwahab from responding to the call to jihad (holy war)," the online Inspire publication wrote, adding, "He carried out a martyr operation in Stockholm, Sweden, which damaged the entire EU."

"It is time that the Swedish government rethinks its position against Islam and Muslims before the Mujahideen strike again," Inspire wrote.

Abdulwahab, a 29-year-old sports therapist, blew up his car and then himself near a busy Stockholm shopping street on Dec. 11, 2010, injuring two people.

Swedish security officials say the article calls for new acts of terrorism.

"We are following this closely. It is a threat on an inspiration level," Malena Rembe of Sapo, the Swedish security service, said.


It could be "an impetus for individuals who have already crossed the line between word and deed," Sapo said.

To be singled out by the online publication is serious, Ranstort said.

"It is an important magazine with direct links to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Whatever pops up in the newspaper is serious," he said.

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