Suspect may have financed Stockholm attack
A Middle-Eastern man being held in Glasgow may be suspected of providing financing for the suicide bombing that shook Stockholm last December.
According to the Glasgow Herald, the 30-year-old suspect arrested Tuesday was still being questioned last night over his alleged role in supporting the suicide attack on a downtown Stockholm shopping avenue two weeks before Christmas last year.
Officers have been given more time to talk to the man. Under UK counter-terrorism laws, police can hold suspects for up to 14 days without charge with the agreement of a judge, known in Scotland as a sheriff.
The Herald today cites sources familiar with the case who say they believed the unnamed man was most likely suspected of financing and providing technical support for the terror operation. In that attack, an Iraqi-born Swedish citizen who had long lived in the UK killed himself and slightly injured two other people when his explosives detonated prematurely. It was Sweden’s first suicide bombing.
Police sources would only say that they are focused on finding out whether the man had given any material support to terrorist activity overseas. A source said: “The police are investigating activities that took place here in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK, not in Sweden.”
While the Scottish newspaper cites speculation that includes the suspect’s possible name and occupation, the police there say that establishing the man’s identity and nationality is part of their investigation.
Prosecutors from Scotland and Sweden have been working together on the case since early February. Sweden’s Säpo security police and its British counterpart MI5 are also believed to be involved in the inquiry, though intelligence officials in both countries have declined to comment.