Du måste aktivera javascript för att sverigesradio.se ska fungera korrekt och för att kunna lyssna på ljud. Har du problem med vår sajt så finns hjälp på http://kundo.se/org/sverigesradio/

Paris attacks loom on Stockholm suicide bombing anniversary

Published torsdag 10 december 2015 kl 09.15
"He was still alive when I looked at him."
(2:12 min)
The shopping street in central Stockholm where the suicide bomber detonated the bomb. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
The shopping street in central Stockholm where the suicide bomber detonated the bomb. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Five years ago, Sweden was shaken by the country's first suicide attack on one of Stockholm's busiest streets during the Christmas shopping season.

Taimour Abdulwahab, a 29-year-old man whose family fled from Iraq to Sweden in 1991, blew himself up in a crowded street in the capital. The explosives did not properly detonate, however, and Abdulwahab killed only himself. Two passersby were slightly injured.

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have revived memories of that December day for many Stockholm residents. Radio Sweden has spoken to shop staff who were worked in stores near the blast.

"I saw that he had a bomb strapped to his chest; he was still alive when I saw him," says Åsa.

Åsa was not working that day, but she was shopping in a store only meters from the December 11 blast.

"Then I just left and I didn't know where I was, because for two hours I just wandered around. I think I was in a state of shock, but I didn't realize it at the time," she adds.

When a report into the attack was presented last year, it described Abdulwahab as a "lone wolf". He was seen as someone who had acted on his own, finding instructions on how to build bombs in an online magazine connected to al-Qaida.

However, an investigative program on Swedish Television revealed earlier this year that, according to a classified report from the FBI, the bombs were highly advanced, and that Abdulwahab must have had help or been trained in how to construct the devices.

Ronnie works in another store nearby and was not working on the day of the attacks. His co-workers told him about the attack when he went back to work the following Monday.

"Sometimes, when you read everything that's happened in Paris and so on, of course, you get scared. But it won't break me," he says.

"I don't want to be scared, because if you're scared you can't work, so I try not to think so much about what happened," Ronnie explains.

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
Har du frågor eller förslag gällande våra webbtjänster?

Kontakta gärna Sveriges Radios supportforum där vi besvarar dina frågor vardagar kl. 9-17.

Du hittar dina sparade avsnitt i menyn under "Min Lista".