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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sweden In the Crosshairs

Really?  Sweden?

Sweden’s domestic intelligence service will investigate two explosions that hit the heart of Stockholm’s central shopping district on Saturday, killing one man and injuring two other people, as “an act of terrorism,” authorities said Sunday.

But the country’s prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, stopped short of connecting the bombs to an e-mail that a Swedish news organization received minutes before the blasts, which seemed to link the attacks to anger over anti-Islamic cartoons and the war in Afghanistan.

A car parked near the busy shopping street of Drottninggatan exploded first, shortly before 5 p.m. local time Saturday, and the wreckage of the vehicle included gas canisters, authorities said. A second blast followed minutes later, and about 200 yards away. A man’s body, with blast injuries to his abdomen, was discovered after the second explosion.

It’s not clear if the body was that of the bomber or a innocent bystander.

I’m really surprised at this since Sweden is an extremely minor player in the War on Terror.  Even the state motives fall flat.  Sweden has 500 troops in Afghanistan but they’re in non-combat roles.  And the outcry over Lars Vilks’ cartoons is not just vile, but silly, given what he drew.  I suspect we will find out this was someone domestic, a member of the wave of Muslim immigration Sweden has had over the last couple of decades.  Whether this will strengthen the hand of Sweden’s anti-immigration parties will have to be seen.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/12/10 at 12:28 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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