New leads on Sweden suicide bomber accomplices: Media

Last Updated: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 21:10

Stockholm: The man who narrowly missed
wreaking carnage in Stockholm with Sweden`s first suicide
bombing may have had links to radical Muslim preacher Abu
Hamza, media reported on Thursday.

They also said that other voices could be heard on an
audio message the suicide bomber sent out before Saturday`s
attack near a busy pedestrian shopping street in the Swedish
capital.

The Svenska Dagbladet daily reported, quoting sources
with insight into the case, that British police were looking
into a possible connection between Taimour Abdulwahab, who is
strongly believed to have been the Stockholm bomber and
Egyptian-born Hamza.

Hamza, the former imam of the once-notorious Finsbury
Park mosque in north London, was jailed in Britain for seven
years in 2007 for inciting followers to murder non-believers.

TV4 meanwhile reported that it had hired a sound
technician to analyse the audio message the Stockholm bomber
sent to police and media shortly before he first blew up his
car and minutes later himself.

"There are at least two people" heard on the message,
sound technician Johan Oehgren told the commercial
broadcaster.

"It is not possible to speak while breathing in. You can
clearly hear there is someone else in the room," he added.
Police have yet to confirm that Saturday`s bomber, who
was the only person to die, had helpers.

The bomber was carrying a cocktail of explosives and is
believed to have detonated a small charge prematurely,
prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand said Monday.

Two other people were injured when his car exploded
nearby minutes earlier.

The Expressen daily meanwhile reported today that
Sweden`s domestic intelligence agency Saepo would begin
probing surveillance video feed from a petrol station in
Tranaas in southern Sweden, where Abdulwahab grew up.

He is believed to have driven the car he bought in
November from there to Stockholm before it exploded Saturday,
and police are reportedly scanning the surveillance tapes to
see if more people made the trip with him.

Saepo has also requested all pictures of cars that
exceeded the speed limit taken by cameras along the route from
Tranaas to Stockholm on Saturday in the hope of seeing a shot
of the bomber and his possible accomplices, Expressen
reported.

Saepo and the lead prosecutor on the case were scheduled
to give a press conference here today.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 21:10

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