Swedish PM Göran Persson

Persson: London Blasts Similar to 9/11

Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson said the deadly blasts that ripped through London on Thursday brought him back to the terrible attacks on September 11.

Persson, who cut short his vacation after hearing of the blasts in London, said he did not believe there was an increased threat against Sweden, but added that ”we should not underestimate the danger” and acknowledged that the security level in this Scandinavian country would be increased slightly.

He said the terrorist attacks in London were, ”an attack on our open society” and that Europe must stand united in the fight against terrorism.

Sweden has dispatched extra staff to its embassy in London in the event that any Swedes there need assistance. The government is also on standby to assist authorities in London any way that it can.

Emergency numbers to the police in London for information on family and friends: 0044-20-835 80 101

British embassy in Swedenwww.britishembassy.se

Foreign Ministry emergency only: 08- 405 55 44
and homepage:
www.regeringen.se/sb/d/1475

Swedish embassy in London: www.swedenabroad.com/pages/start____20358.asp

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