Islamic Terrorists Strike Sweden With Car-Bomb, Suicide Bomber
December 12, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)— The mostly peaceful European enclave of Stockholm, Sweden has been targeted by radical Islamic “Mujahideen” fighters, with a car-bomb and an attack by a suicide bomber in busy shopping district on Saturday. The fiery blasts, killing one person thought to be the suicide bomber and injuring two, occurred shortly after a news agency received a warning of the attacks by email. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt responded to the terrorist attacks on Twitter,“Most worrying attempt at terrorist attack in crowded part of central Stockholm. Failed — but could have been truly catastrophic…”
The BBC reports that the email warning, said the attacks are in retaliation for Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan and for controversial cartoon caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, created by a Swedish artist.
“A local news agency, TT, said it had received a threatening e-mail shortly before the blasts, which called for “mujahideen”, or Islamist fighters, to rise up in Sweden and Europe.
“Attacking the country over caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed drawn by Swedish artist Lars Vilks as well as Sweden’s military presence in Afghanistan, the e-mail promised Swedes would “die like our brothers and sisters.”‘
The New York Times has more on the emailed threat.
“An editor at the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra, Dan Skeppe, said the agency had received an e-mail minutes before the blasts; it was also addressed to Sweden’s security police, and included a sound recording addressed to “Sweden and the Swedish people.” Mr. Skeppe said the recording cited Swedish “silence” over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad drawn by the artist Lars Vilks, criticized Sweden’s 500-soldier military contingent in northern Afghanistan and threatened attacks on Swedes.”
‘“Now, your children — daughters and sisters — will die like our brothers and sisters and children die,” it continued. “Our actions will speak for themselves. As long as you do not end your war against Islam and the insult against the prophet and your stupid support for that pig Vilks.”’
Since Vilks published the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Swedish newspapers in 2007, his life has been threatened and he has been provided wth police protection.