Stockholm bombers: 'Stop your stupid war on Islam'

ByASSOCIATED PRESS
December 12, 2010 02:28

Swedish journalists receive taped warning before cars filled with gas canisters explode in a shopping district, killing 1 and injuring 2.

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Two explosions shook central Stockholm on Saturday, killing one person and injuring two, rescue officials said.

Swedish news agency TT received a warning ten minutes before the bombing. The warning was a recorded message in Swedish and Arabic, which arrived via e-mail, in which the attackers criticized Sweden for not taking action against a caricature of Muhammed, drawn by Lars Wilkes.

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Rescue services spokesman Bengt Norberg said two people had been taken to hospital with lighter injuries. He said the dead person was still lying on the street.

"Our actions will speak for themselves, as long as you do not stop your stupid war against Islam, your humiliation of the prophet, and your support of the pig Wilkes," the warning said.

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.

Sjolander said it was unclear what caused the second explosion but a police bomb squad has been sent to the site.

Another rescue services spokesman, Roger Sverndal said the car that exploded contained gas canisters.

Gabriel Gabiro, a former AP staffer, was inside a watch store on the opposite side of the street from the second explosion and saw people running from the site.

"I saw some people crying, perhaps from the chock," he said. "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."

Gabiro said the blast was "quite loud" and he saw smoke coming from the area where the man was lying.

"It shook the store that I was in," he said of the blast. "Then there was smoke and gun powder coming into the store."

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