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Malmö receiving more tips on radicalization

Updated onsdag 4 maj 2016 kl 16.57
Published onsdag 4 maj 2016 kl 15.08
Malmö resident: They meant you should travel abroad and fight
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Photo: Anna Bubenko / SR
A block in Rosengård in Malmö. Photo: Anna Bubenko / SR

The southern city of Malmö has been receiving more tips about radicalization efforts since the arrest of the 23-year-old Rosengård native who is suspected of having accompanied one of the suicide bombers in Brussels.

Wednesday the city met with representatives from the police and the Swedish Security Service, Säpo, to discuss how they would cooperate and act on tips the city receives about individuals who attempt to sway others to fight for extremist movements abroad.

"I invited Säpo so that we could ask questions. Because there's an intensive effort underway in the organization, I want the municipal council members to have the chance to stay up-to-date," said Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, mayor of Malmö at a press conference.

Stefan Sinteus, the Malmö chief of police, told Swedish Television News that they are working on how to cooperate when they discover young people are on their way to being radicalized.

Malmö city's efforts to detect and deter radicalization came under fire in April when the 23-year-old Rosengård native was arrested in Brussels, accused of playing a key role in both the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels. A city official told Swedish Radio news that since the arrest authorities have received concrete tips on a handful of persons of interest.

"Now it has to do with individuals and names," said Jonas Hult, head of the unit for safety and security for Malmö city.

The 23-year-old Rosengård native left Malmö in August 2014 on his way to join the Islamic State. It's not currently known if or how he was recruited, but there have been some reports of recruitment efforts in the city.

A young Malmö resident told Swedish Radio's reporters that he had been approached in 2014 after a football match in Rosengård, a neighborhood in which most residents have immigrant backgrounds. The young man said he was approached by men with the traditional dress of salafists, a group of fundamentalist Sunni Muslims. The men encouraged their listeners to visit a new mosque and spoke about traveling to Syria to fight.

"He said that we would arrive in paradise easily if we went and fought for our country. I knew immediately what he meant," the young man told Swedish Radio news. He said he had never told police about the incident.

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