Sweden bomber fulfilled Qaeda in Iraq threat: SITE

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 00:02

Dubai: The man suspected of carrying out
weekend bombings in Sweden said in a purported will he was
fulfilling a threat by al Qaeda in Iraq to attack Sweden, the
SITE monitoring group said on Monday.

"(The) Islamic State (of Iraq) has fulfilled what it
promised you," said Taymour Abdel Wahab in the will posted by
a jihadist on the Shumukh al-Islam website, according to the
US-based group.

The Swedish capital was hit by twin explosions on
Saturday -- a suspected suicide attack and separate blast --
targeting Christmas shoppers in a busy pedestrian area of the
city.

A man investigators suspect may have been the bomber
was killed while the other explosion nearby injured two
people.

Shumukh al-Islam named Taymour Abdel Wahab as the man
responsible for the blasts, although Sweden`s intelligence
agency Saepo has refused to comment on the claim.

The late chief of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of
Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, had called in an audio message in
September 2007 for reprisals in Sweden for the cartoons of
Islam`s prophet Mohammed by Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks.

Baghdadi also offered cash for killing the cartoonist
and named Swedish companies like Ericsson, Ikea, and Volvo, as
potential targets to harm Sweden`s economy.

British media reported today that Wahab had studied at
the University of Bedfordshire in Luton, around 30 miles (50
kilometres) north of London, and had been living in the town
in recent years.

His wife and children were reportedly still living in
Luton, The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph reported.



First Published: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 00:02

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