Swe­den on alert for pos­si­ble IS at­tack

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STOCK­HOLM—Swe­den has re­ceived in­tel­li­gence about a pos­si­ble at­tack on the cap­i­tal by Is­lamic State mil­i­tants, lo­cal me­dia re­ported on Tues­day, and se­cu­rity ser­vices said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing undis­closed “in­for­ma­tion”.

News­pa­pers Afton­bladet and Ex­pressen as well as public broad­caster Swedish Ra­dio, cit­ing un­named sources, re­ported the in­for­ma­tion was re­lated to the threat of an at­tack, pos­si­bly in the cap­i­tal Stock­holm.

Ex­pressen re­ported Swedish se­cu­rity po­lice (SAPO) had re­ceived in­tel­li­gence from Iraq that seven or eight Is­lamic State fight­ers had en­tered Swe­den with the in­ten­tion of at­tack­ing civil­ian tar­gets.

A se­cu­rity po­lice spokes­woman said she would

not com­ment on any spe­cific de­tails of a threat, but said it was work­ing with reg­u­lar po­lice as well as na­tional and in­ter­na­tional part­ners.

“Se­cu­rity po­lice are work­ing in­ten­sively to as­sess re­ceived in­for­ma­tion, and it is of such a na­ture that our judg­ment is that we can not dis­miss it,” she said.

Swe­den has not been hit by a large-scale mil­i­tant at­tack, but a man is cur­rently is await­ing a ver­dict for al­legedly build­ing a sui­cide bomb with the in­tent of stag­ing an at­tack in Swe­den. In 2010 a sui­cide bomber died when his bomb belt went off pre­ma­turely in cen­tral Stock­holm.

The Swedish ter­ror threat level re­mained un­changed at level three on a five-grade scale, the spokes­woman said.

Nor­we­gian public broad­caster NRK re­ported Nor­we­gian po­lice were as­sess­ing whether or not the Nor­we­gian royal fam­ily should pro­ceed with a planned trip to Stock­holm this week­end to cel­e­brate the Swedish king’s 70th birth­day, given the sup­posed ter­ror threat.—Reuters

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