Saturday 18 November 2017

Stockholm bomber in chilling call for more attacks

James Cohen in Stockholm

The Stockholm suicide bomber last night called for more terrorist attacks on European targets in a chilling message from beyond the grave.

Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly (28) killed himself and wounded two people in a botched suicide attack in the Swedish capital on Saturday.

An Arabic will apparently written by the multilingual Iraq-born university graduate was posted on one jihadist internet forum.

The document, published on Shumukh al-Islam, the site which first identified him as the bomber, called for more attacks in Europe and Sweden.

Security analyst Evan Kohlmann said a user who posted a photograph of al-Abdaly also identified Swedish companies as potential targets.

He added that the terrorist suggested he was carrying out the orders of the "Islamic State of Iraq".

Al-Abdaly, an Iraq-born graduate of Bedfordshire University, left his wife and three children in Luton to travel to Sweden several weeks ago.

Swedish investigators said he visited his family in Tranas where his father was celebrating his birthday.

But on Saturday he loaded his white Audi with gas canisters and travelled to Stockholm. Evidence from the scene indicated the car failed to explode and al-Abdaly was killed about 300 metres away when explosives strapped to his chest detonated.

Police suspect the device may have exploded prematurely as the terrorist walked to a nearby subway station or department store laden with three bombs.

Irish Independent

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