Father-in-law denounces Stockholm jihadi

Swedish Muslim leaders decry suicide bomber's actions in Friday sermons, terrorist's in-law glad he is dead and gone.

December 18, 2010 01:59
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Alleged photo of Taimour Abdulwahab

311_Swedish suicide bomber. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)


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STOCKHOLM — The father-in-law of the Stockholm suicide bomber on Friday denounced the 28-year-old attacker as a brainwashed terrorist who rejected "all the good" that Sweden had given him.

In a letter to The Associated Press and other media, Ali Thwany said his daughter Mona was not aware that her husband, Taimour Abdulwahab, was plotting an attack, though she grew suspicious of his frequent travels.

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"We announce our dissociation with him," Thwany wrote. "All that happened is a personal matter connected to a rogue person bent on crimes and disillusioned by an unknown group."

Abdulwahab killed himself and injured two people Saturday when some of the bombs he was wearing exploded among panicked Christmas shoppers in downtown Stockholm.

Police suspect the explosives went off by mistake near a pedestrian street, and that he had planned to detonate them in a place where they would inflict more damage like a shopping center or train station.

In an audio message sent to the Swedish security service and the TT news agency before the explosion, Abdulwahab referred to Swedish troops in Afghanistan and a Swedish artist's drawing of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog, which angered Muslims. Abdulwahab also apologized to his family for misleading them, saying "I never went to the Middle East to work or to make money, I went for jihad."

As a child, Abdulwahab and his family left Iraq for Sweden in the early 1990s but he spent much of the past decade in Britain, where he lived with his wife and three young children.

In the letter written in Arabic by the 53-year-old, Iraq-born Thwany, he said Abdulwahab had betrayed Sweden, "which gave us home and treated us well and offered us things that others, Arabs, non-Arabs, Muslims and non-Muslims, refrained from doing."

Referring to Abdulwahab as "Taimour the terrorist," Thwany said his daughter didn't know about his activities.

"She did not know anything about her criminal husband's movements," Thwany wrote, adding he felt no sorrow over Abdulwahab's death.

"On the contrary. I consider his end favorable to my daughter, who got her freedom and was saved from being brainwashed," he said.

Muslim leaders in Sweden condemned the attack during Friday prayers.

"We are true Muslims and a true Muslim has nothing to do with a terror act," Imam Ben Mahmoud Rahmeh told hundreds of worshippers at the Stockholm Mosque.

"Sweden is our country and its people are our people. What pleases the country pleases us. What hurts the nation hurts us," Rahmeh said.

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