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Sweden probes ‘terrorist attack’ after Stockholm blasts

Two explosions in Sweden’s capital Stockholm are being investigated as a terrorist attack, officials say, BBC reports. A car blew up in a busy shopping area on Saturday afternoon, followed moments later by a second explosion nearby.


A man found dead after the second blast had been carrying an explosive device, witnesses said, but police said no cause had yet been determined.


Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said a “terrorist attack” that could have been “truly catastrophic” had failed. Tweeting about the blasts, which injured two other people, he described them as “most worrying”.
Police were investigating Sa­tur­day’s attacks as “a crime of terror,” spokesman Anders Thornberg told a press conference. Moments before the blasts Sweden’s security service had been sent an email threatening attacks because Sweden had not condemned caricatures of the prophet Mohammed, and had sent troops to Afghanistan.


In November, Sweden raised its terror alert level from low to elevated because of a “shift in activities” among Swedish-based groups thought to be plotting attacks. A security official said the threat level had not been raised as a result of Saturday’s attacks. The email, which was also received by the Swe­dish news agency (TT), called for “mujahideen” – or Islamist fighters – to rise up in Sweden and Europe, promising Swedes would “die like our brothers and sisters”.


It also attacked the country for caricatures of the Prophet Moha­m­med drawn by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, as well as Sweden’s military presence in Afghanistan.


“The mail was about one man,” police spokesman Ulf Goransson told a press conference on Sunday.

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