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… Stockholm explosions leave one dead and two injured
News agency says it received email warning linking threat against Swedish population to military presence in Afghanistan
At least one person was killed and two were injured yesterday in two explosions in central Stockholm that caused panic among Christmas shoppers.
A Swedish news agency said it had received an email warning, ahead of the explosions, in which a threat made against Sweden and its population was linked to the country’s military presence in Afghanistan.
The TT agency said the warning, which comprised sound files in Swedish and Arabic, was also sent to Sweden’s security police (SAPO) and was received 10 minutes before the blasts.
It also referred to caricatures of the prophet Mohammed by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who became the subject of death threats and at least one assassination plot after cartoons appeared in a Danish newspaper.
The first explosion at around 5pm local time, near the busy shopping street of Drottinggatan in the centre of the Swedish capital, was in a car containing gas canisters. The dead man was found at the site of the second blast about 300 metres away.
Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper reported that the man was carrying pipe bombs, as well as a backpack full of nails, although this was not confirmed by the authorities.
"The car exploded with a series of minor explosions and there was also some kind of explosion close to where we found the dead man," Ulf Johansson, a police spokesman, told the BBC.
"We need more investigation and of course we need more witnesses to give us the information of what actually has happened."
Gabriel Gabiro, a former employee of Associated Press, was inside a watch shop on the opposite side of the street of the second explosion when it went off and saw people running from the site.
"There was a man lying on the ground with blood coming out in the area of his belly, and with his personal belongings scattered around him."
"It shook the store that I was in," he said of the blast. "Then there was smoke and gunpowder coming into the store."
Sweden, which has so far been spared terrorist attacks of the type suffered by the UK in July 2005 and Spain in March 2004, raised its terror threat alert level from low to elevated in October because of a "shift in activities" among Swedish-based groups.
However, Sweden’s security services said at the time that the terrorism threat remained low compared to that in other European countries and that no attack was imminent.
Elements in Somalia linked to al-Qaida have also been recruiting young people from Sweden to fight in the war in the horn of Africa, the security services have said.
Around 500 Swedish troops are stationed in Afghanistan, primarily in the north of the country.
The Swedish prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, last month outlined plans to pull Swedish combat troops out of Afghanistan between 2012 and 2014 and maintain a largely civilian support presence afterwards.
"Our ambition is that Sweden’s presence in Afghanistan should shift from a combative role to a more supportive role," he said.
The troop plans have been the subject of negotiations between Reinfeldt’s centre-right government, which has ruled as a minority since September, and opposition parties whose support has been needed for a bill to make the strategy a reality.
A poll released after a Swedish soldier was killed in September, the fifth since troops were deployed in Afghanistan in 2002, showed that nearly half of Swedes want the troops to come home.