Three men go on trial on terror charges in Sweden

May 8, 2006 13:51


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Three young men went on trial Monday on charges of plotting terror attacks in Sweden, including a planned strike against a charismatic church that is friendly toward Israel. Two of the suspects also face charges in connection with a botched firebombing of a polling station outside Stockholm where Iraqi expatriates were voting in December. Prosecutors said the 22-year-old hurled gasoline bombs at the polling station, but they did not catch fire. The 25-year-old allegedly took part in preparing the attack by distributing a news release describing it. Two of them are accused of planning an attack against the Word of Life Church in Uppsala, north of Stockholm. The church, which is considered a fundamentalist congregation in Sweden, counts about 3,000 members. Investigators searching the suspects' homes found photographs of the church. They also found a video with instructions on how to make explosives, and a film in which the 19-year-old expressed sympathy for Islamic holy war and "warned the European people," the charges said.

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