Swedish Embassy in Pakistan under Threat

Updated 12:03

A man has been arrested in the Pakistani capital Islamabad after planning to blow up several western embassies, among which was the Swedish Embassy.Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet reported that the Pakistani police have confiscated two tons of explosives in connection with the man’s arrest.

Published onsdag 24 juni 2009 kl 10:48

According to Aftonbladet’s sources the motive is Sweden’s military presence in Afghanistan. But Anders Gjörle of the Foreign Ministry’s information service told Swedish Radio News that it is not connected to Sweden's presence in the neighbouring country but instead a reaction to domestic military actions. According to him, Islamists are retaliating by threatening international targets like embassies and hotels. The Swedish embassy was not the only target in the exposed plans. Other planned targets were the Norwegian, Italian, Czech, Hungarian and South African Embassies.

Gunnar Adler, a Civil Servant based at the Swedish Embassy in Islamabad, also speak of an increased threat against all international targets.

“There have been a number of attacks against market places and hotels. But up until now we had no reason to believe that Sweden would be under threat,” he told Aftonbladet.

Last year six people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside the Danish embassy. Earlier this year, nine Pakistani citizens from a known terrorist group admitted to have been behind the explosion.

The man was arrested as early as on 30 May and disclosed the planned attacks during interrogations. So far, there is no knowlege of a connection between the arrested man and any political or terrorist group (rm)

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