September 12, 2011

Stockholm: Swedish Terror Suspects Arrested Over Weekend Are From Somalia, Iraq

NPR

STOCKHOLM (AP) Four men arrested on terror suspicions over the weekend in Sweden's second-largest city were identified in court documents Monday as local residents in their 20s and originally from Somalia and Iraq.[Emphasis mine...ed]

Police detained the men three of whom are Swedish citizens in a sting in the west coast city of Goteborg on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and a prosecutor said they were being interrogated on suspicions of preparing a terrorist act.[...]

Swedish authorities didn't name the suspects, but court documents show they are aged 23 to 26 and living in the Goteborg area. Three are of Somali origin and one was born in Iraq. One is a Somali citizen and the rest are Swedish nationals.

Swedish tabloid Expressen, citing unnamed police sources, said investigators suspect the men of connections to al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked insurgent group in Somalia, and that they had acquired, or were trying to acquire, firearms, explosives and hand grenades.

I wonder if they have any connection to Taimour Abdulwahab who blew himself up in downtown Stockholm in December. He was trained in Iraq...

UPDATE: Swedish news site Expressen breaks it down a bit more

[googlish]LONDON. Police suspect that the men who were arrested at the Gothenburg Central Station, was on his way to stage a terrorist attack with firearms and bombs. The men who are arrested on suspicion of preparing to commit terrorist is between 23 and 26 years old and comes from Gothenburg. Police sources say the GT that the suspects linked to terrorist network al-Shabab.

On Monday, the district court lifted the secrecy surrounding the four arrested terror suspects' identities. The men are 23, 24, 25 and 26 years old and is from Gothenburg. Three of the men are Swedish citizens, two of which were born in an African country and one in a country in the Middle East. The fourth, also from Africa, has a Swedish residence permit.

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