A man blew himself up in a suicide attack in central Stockholm this evening surrounded by Christmas shoppers (SE, SE). A car exploded just minutes earlier on a nearby street, injuring two people.
The man carried six pipe-bombs, but only one exploded. In addition he had a backpack filled with nails, and a possible additional bomb. According to witnesses, the man shouted something in Arabic before he detonated the bombs. The bomber was the only one killed in the attack. Several people nearby went into shock and suffered hearing loss.
The bombs detonated at Bryggargatan street. According to one source, if he would have blown up on the nearby Drottninggatan street, it would have been a massacre. [...] click the picture
A Car Bomb and Suicide Bomber killed at least one suicide bomber in a busy shopping district in Sweden's Capitol Stockholm. One of the blast was thought to be a car bomb in which at least two were injured.
Swedish media also reported a suicide bomber blew himself up about 200 meters from the car.
Apparently an e-mail had been received earlier threatening and attack and criticizing the role of Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan and urging Muslims to take action. Sweden has a contingent of 500 soldiers in Northern Afghanistan.
The Swedish News Agency TT said that the e-mail was received just before the attack, which took place around 5 pm local time. The e-mail also referred to caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad by the Swedish artist Lars Vilks.
The e-mail had sound bytes and TT quoted a man on one of the sound bytes saying:
"Our actions will speak for themselves, as long as you do not end your war against Islam and humiliation of the Prophet and your stupid support for the pig Vilks,"
The bomber, who was wearing cannisters, according to some reports, shouted in Arabic before the blast.
There has been no confirmation of any connection between the e-mails and the attacks.
A Swedish police spokeswoman, Petra Sjolander, said that the blast occurred at Drottninggatan, a busy shopping street in the center of the city. [...] click the picture
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Didn't some moron say that there would be more attacks and didn't the other morons say that "we will work to make sure this doesn't happen"?
The explosions in central Stockholm Saturday were a suicide attack, Sweden's SVT television reported. The only person to die in the attack was the bomber, and a bag filled with nails was found near the body, SVT added. Neither the police nor the intelligence service have confirmed this report.
The Swedish news agency TT meanwhile reported that it had received messages about 10 minutes before the blasts in Arab and Swedish, warning of unspecified "action."
"Our acts will speak for themselves," TT quoted the message as saying. "Now your children, your daughters and your sisters will die as our brothers, our sisters and our children are dying."
It urged "mujahideen," or Islamic fighters, to rise up in Sweden and in Europe, the news agency said, adding that the message referred to the Swedish military presence in Afghanistan as part of the US-led international security force.
TT said a similar message was sent to the Swedish Security Service SÄPO.
Officers said they did not know the precise cause of the blasts or if they were linked. One occurred in a car about 200 metres (650 feet) from the other.
The first blast in the car left two people in need of hospital treatment for minor injuries, said emergency services spokesman Bengt Norberg.
A second alert was received two minutes later and one person was found dead at the scene of this second blast which took place in the street, he added.
"I cannot confirm that the death is linked to the explosion of the car but I cannot deny it either," police spokeswoman Petra Sjolandero said.
She added that the car caught fire "following a series of explosions which could have been from gas canisters."
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