STOCKHOLM—In Sweden, the investigation about Saturday’s suspected terrorist suicide bombing continues. The bombing was carried out in downtown Stockholm by a man who has, with almost complete certainty, been identified as Taimour Abdulwahab, a 28-year-old Swede of Middle Eastern origin. Only the bomber was killed; two bystanders were injured. The Swedish security police (Säpo) believe several people may have had an active part in the bombing.
Säpo has recruited the help of British police, because the suspected bomber had been living in England for several years. They have also accepted help from the FBI that has sent seven bomb experts to Sweden.
The 28-year-old is believed to have had connections with some kind of organization.
“We know from past experience that several people are usually involved. This act seems well planned, and we assume that he had accomplices,” said Chief Prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand at a press conference on Monday.
Police have not commented so far on who these accomplices may have been, and no official comments have been made regarding any connections between the suspected bomber and any known terrorist networks, but speculation abounds in the media.
On the sound file that was sent to the news agency TT and Säpo before the bombing, Abdulwahab said that he had been in the Middle East for jihad. He also said, “The Islamic state has fulfilled its promise.”
Taimour Abdulwahab was not previously known to the police, but according to Arab news media, he was born in Baghdad, and had an Iraqi father and a Jordanian mother, Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SVD) reported. The Iraqi TV news network Al Sharqiya reported that Abdulwahab was going to drive his car straight into a big plaza, near where one of his bombs went off and killed him, according to SVD. Where this information comes from is not clear, and Säpo was not willing to comment.
Abdulwahab allegedly lived for a while in Tranås in southern Sweden, and for number of years he had been living in Luton, England, where an investigation is now ongoing.
Säpo is currently preparing material about Islamic extremists in Sweden that they will present to the Swedish government on Wednesday. According to a source of the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, there are some 200 names on Säpo’s list. Between 70 and 80 percent of these people belong to violent networks, while the rest are loners with contacts abroad.