17 Feb 2011
In its latest issue the jihadist magazine “Inspire” pays tribute to the Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab. “That he lived a comfortable life and had a wife and children did not stop Taimour Abdulwahab from responding to the call to jihad (holy war),” Inspire wrote, adding, “We need more like him.”
“We are following this closely. It is a threat on an inspiration level,” says Malena Rembe of the Swedish Security Service (SÄPO), and states that it could be “an impetus for individuals who have already crossed the line between word and deed.”
The article continues, “the Swedes seem to have set out to show its dislike of Muslims and are eager to join the league of nations that are hostile to Islam and Muslims. This operation can serve as a reminder to the Swedish government and people to reconsider their position before their list of crimes against us are too long and it is too late.” According to Svenska dagbladet (SvD) revenge for the drawing by artist Lars Vilks of Muhammad as a roundabout dog has become the common denominator of violent Islamic extremism in Sweden.
Magnus Ranstorp, Research Director of the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defense College, says it’s not the first time that Sweden appears in Inspire, which has previously referenced Vilks and Nerikes Allehanda’s editor Ulf Johansson.
To be mentioned in this context is never good, Ranstorp added. “It is an important magazine with direct links to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Whatever pops up in it is serious,” he said. Such an article can “provide individuals with a extremist bent a push onto the path. Young people think this is cool, it is the ultimate form of rebellion against Western society,” he added.
In an interview in the TV channel al-Arabiya, based in the United Arab Emirates, General Zia Kanani, head of the Iraqi anti-terrorism unit, said the Swedish suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab was trained in Iraq for three months preceding the bombing in Stockholm in December 2010.
Kanani said this information was obtained from a detained Islamist and that the anti-terrorist unit had warned US intelligence of a possible attack in the United States, Europe or Britain.”
In Abdulwahab’s alleged will, posted on an Islamist website shortly after the attack, he announces the Al-Qaeda front group in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq, and says he “has fulfilled what it promised you.”
The Swedish Secret Police say they are aware of this information being spread in Arabic media, but have got no further comments.
18 December 2010
MI5 and antiterrorist police are attempting to unravel what transformed the father-of-three into a terrorist.
But moderate Muslims in Luton, where Iraqi-born Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly lived for almost ten years, claim the authorities are to blame for turning a blind eye to the activities of hard core jihadi sympathisers in the area.
Unimpeded by the police, the group, now calling themselves “The Reflect Project” are accused of mounting a campaign of intimidation and violence against those who disagree with them.
Followers of the radical cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad, who is currently being held in jail in Lebanon on terror charges, the group are led locally by Ishtiaq Alamgir or “Sayful Islam” — Sword of Islam — a former inland revenue accountant.
Earlier this year Mr Alamgir helped organise the protest against the homecoming of troops from the town after their tour of Afghanistan, which ended in violence and several arrests.