If you’re in Sweden I’m sure you haven’t missed the news about the suicide bombing in Stockholm this Saturday, the first in Swedish history. A man, belived to come from Tranås just outside Jönköping, first blew up his car and then himself on a street close to one of the busiest shopping streets in Stockholm, Drottninggatan The two blasts occured 200 meter from eachother and injured two people and killed one (the bomber).
The first man on the scene said “It looked like the man was carrying something that exploded on his stomach. He didn’t have any injuries to his face or his body and the stores nearby weren’t damaged. All the windows were whole.“
Approximately ten minutes before the explosions occurred, Swedish news agency TT received an email, also addressed to Säpo (the Swedish Secret Service), in which a man (most likely the bomber himself) reached out to “Sweden and the Swedish people”. He cites Sweden’s silence surrounding the cartoons by Swedish artist Lars Vilks which portray the prophet Mohammed as a dog, and the Swedish troops in Afghanistan, saying in audio files attached to the email that “now your children, daughters and sisters die like our brothers’ and sisters’ children die”.
“Our actions will speak for themselves. As long as you don’t stop your war against Islam, the degrading of the prophet and your stupid support of that pig Vilks,” the man said. He also urges all Mujahideen (muslim fighters) in Europe and Sweden to take action. “Now it’s time to act, don’t wait any longer. Fear no one, don’t fear prison, don’t fear death.”
It seems like the suicide bomber failed to hit his target, given that he blew himself up on a side street to Drottninggatan and not on the busy shopping street itself. I can only imagine the damage he might have caused if he succeded. Also it doesn’t seem like something he planned on his own which is scary since their might be more attacks coming.
Read more and follow the story atThe Local – Swedish news in EnglishDN – one of the big daily newspapers in Sweden