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Terrorist Fears Double

Published torsdag 17 november 2005 kl 13.45

The number of Swedes who are afraid of a terrorist attack has increased dramatically over the last three months.

According to the latest research, 50% of Swedes say they are very worried about the threat of terrorism and terror attacks. This figure is double the statistic recorded after the 7th July attacks in London.

The research was carried out by the National Board of Psychological Defence which provides advice and guidance when it comes to mass media contingency planning.

Researchers say the increase in the number of Swedes who feel threatened has been influenced by media reporting of terrorist attacks, earthquakes and hurricanes over the last three months.

Bizarrely another reason given is Swedish Public Television’s drama series ”Commission” which dealt with a terror attack on Stockholm.

The study also showed that 46% of Swedes now think that the military should take over responsibility for fighting terrorism. That’s up 10% from last year.

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