Authorities tight-lipped on new terror-threat info
Swedish intelligence service Säpo is investigating new information which sources cited by Swedish Radio say concerns a possible terror attack in Stockholm.
Säpo would not go into detail about the information, only saying that it could not be "dismissed”.
Speaking with Swedish Radio, Säpo spokesman Simon Bynert said Sweden's national terrorism threat level remained unchanged and that the agency was looking into the intelligence it received.
"I can confirm that Säpo is currently working intensely with information submitted to us," Bynert said. "This information is deemed to be as such that we could not dismiss it."
Sweden's national terror threat level is currently at 3, or elevated, on a 5-point scale. In a press statement, Säpo said it has "taken measures" and is collaborating with national and international partners.
Bynert declined to comment on what the new information was about and whether or not it was related to terrorism. He said the agency was at a state of readiness.
The Stockholm police is treating the situation as a “special event” and spokesperson Carina Skagerlind that is not unusual.
“We have special events for example around football games, Eurovision and the King’s birthday. It means that we can use the entire region’s resources,” Skagerlind told news agency TT, adding that the Stockholm police has not called in extra staff to handle the situation.
Back in November, Säpo was heavily criticized when it publicized a warning about a possible terrorist in Sweden who they claimed was planning an attack in Stockholm.
The agency circulated an Iraqi man's name and photo, sparking a nationwide manhunt. The then 22-year-old was arrested days later but released and freed of all suspicion.
The security service came under fire for whipping up public fear and creating a frenzied search for an innocent man.