Police: Stockholm attacker wore explosives

December 13, 2010 15:27


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STOCKHOLM — A man who died in one of two explosions in the Swedish capital had explosives strapped to his body and in his backpack, and had sent threats referring to "jihad" in an e-mail shortly before his death, a prosecutor said Monday

Tomas Lindstrand said police are "98 percent" certain the suicide bomber was a 28-year-old Swedish citizen, Taimour Abdulwahab, who also lived several years in Britain.

Abdulwahab had his roots in the Middle East and had been a Swedish citizen since 1992. He was the registered owner of the car that exploded in Stockholm shortly before the suicide blast Saturday that also wounded two people.

He said the e-mail threats that were sent to security police and Swedish news agency TT before the blasts have been linked to Abdulwahab's cell phone.

Abdulwahab had explosives strapped to his body and in a backpack, Lindstrand said. He also said he carried "something that looked like a pressure-cooker."

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