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US embassy warns citizens of potential threat

Updated onsdag 27 april 2016 kl 16.04
Published onsdag 27 april 2016 kl 10.14
Embassy spokesperson Mark Cameron: There was enough info to issue a security alert
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Photo: Fredrik Persson/Scanpix
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The American Embassy in Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Persson/Scanpix
US embassy security message
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The security message sent to US citizens in Sweden on April 26th. Photo: Nathalie Rothschild / Radio Sweden

Sweden's security service Säpo remained on standby Wednesday, a day after the agency confirmed it was assessing information that Swedish media said concerned a possible terrorist attack, prompting the US embassy to issue a security message.

Säpo would not go into detail concerning the information it received or when it acquired it or from where it came. The agency did say that "the nature of this particular information is such that it cannot be dismissed".

The US embassy in Stockholm, however, wrote on its website that "Swedish Police are actively investigating a potential terror threat against Sweden".

The US embassy encouraged its citizens to be vigilant, especially in crowded places, on public transportation and at special events.

The embassy had last issued a more general alert for citizens traveling "to and throughout Europe" on March 22 after the terrorist attacks in Brussels. The alert message said it is in effect until June 20.

Sweden’s terrorist threat level remained unchanged and Säpo advised the public to follow any instructions issued by the police.

In the meantime, Säpo said a special response team had been established to collect, process and analyze information. The team also takes decisions based on the information it receives and allocates staff and resources, Säpo said.

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