UPDATE - STOCKHOLM EXPLOSION THE WORK OF A SUICIDE BOMBER IN RETALIATION TO MOHAMMED CARTOONS
UPDATE - A car exploded at the busy shopping street Drottninggatan in central Stockholm. Then there was another explosion some distance away and one man died. According to news agency TT, a man had blown himself to death. He carried six interconnected pipe bombs but only one exploded. He also had a backpack full of nails, according to newspaper Aftonbladet.
Shouted in ArabicSo, they are angry at Lars Vilk?
Police bomb technicians examined the dead man's bag by using a bomb robot. Radiographs show that it contained a large quantity of nails and an unknown substance which is suspected to be explosives.
At least four ambulances were sent to the scene. Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, they had been in the vicinity of the explosions.
According to witnesses, the man shouted something in Arabic before the bomb detonated.
The Swedish news agency TT reports that both them and the Swedish Security Service received a video-film only ten minutes before the explosions.
In the film a man addresses to "Sweden and the Swedish people". He, among else, refers to the Swedish silence on artist Lars Vilks paintings of the muslim prophet Mohammed, the Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan, saying that "now shall your children, daughters and sisters die as our brothers and sisters and children are dying."
Well, fuck them.
Here's my response, my very own Mohammed cartoon:
(YNet News) — Two explosions in central Stockholm killed one person and injured two on Saturday, causing panic among Christmas shoppers.
Police spokeswoman Petra Sjolander said a car exploded near Drottninggatan, a busy shopping street in the center of the city. Shortly afterward, a second explosion was heard higher
up on the same street, and a man was found injured on the ground. He was later pronounced dead.
Two other people were taken to the hospital with lighter injuries, but it was not immediately clear in which explosion they were hurt.
Rescue services spokesman Roger Sverndal said the car that exploded contained gas canisters.
Sjolander said it was unclear what caused the second explosion and if the two blasts were linked, but said a police bomb squad has been sent to the site.
Gabriel Gabiro, a former AP staffer, heard the explosion from inside a watch store across the street and saw smoke coming from the area where the man was lying. “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,” he said. Gabiro said the blast was “quite loud” and he saw people running from the site. “It shook the store that I was in,” he said of the blast. “Then there was smoke and gun powder coming into the store. I saw some people crying, perhaps from the shock.”
Sweden – which has so far been spared of any large terrorist attacks – raised its terror threat alert level from low to elevated in October because of “a shift in activities” among Swedish-based groups that could be plotting attacks there.
The security police then said the terrorism threat in Sweden, a Scandinavian country, remained low compared to that in other European countries, and no attack was imminent.
Weasel Zippers has a transcript of the statement the Jihadist sent out before he blew himself up.