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The chief analyst for Säpo, the Swedish intelligence service, said that at least 30 Swedes are known to have traveled to Syria to fight with the rebels and that Sweden only "rarely" can stop them from doing so. Some who have gone to Syria are known extremists, some have attacked civilians in Syria, and "many" have returned to Sweden.
Rioting in Stockholm suburbs continued for the fourth night in a row, and spread to southern suburbs including Hagsätra, where rioters attacked a police patrol, seriously wounding one officer. Last night alone firefighters dealt with 80 fires. The rioters have thrown rocks at police and firefighters; torched hundreds of cars; and attacked schools, stores, an arts center, a restaurant, and a police station. The unrest in the predominantly Muslim-immigrant areas is being blamed on "social exclusion" and "bleak" economic prospects for youth in these suburbs, where, in Husby, for example, youth unemployment stands at 6 percent, double that of the capital.
For the third night in a row, rioters burned cars in suburbs around Stockholm. The unrest started in the suburb of Husby, where a week ago police fatally shot a man who was menacing a woman and the police with a machete. On May 19, over 100 cars were torched; on May 20, more than 100 people rioted; and on May 21, rioters threw stones at police and firefighters, and torched 30 cars in the suburbs of Rinkeby, Skarpnäck, Norsborg, Kista, Fittja, Bredäng, Flemingsberg, Edsberg, and Tensta. The rioters also vandalized a police station and a shopping center. Eight people have been arrested.
A government report said there are currently at least 30 Swedish nationals fighting with "groups similar to al Qaeda" in Syria. The report called Sweden "far behind" other EU countries in preventing militant Islamism, and recommended that travel abroad for terror training be outlawed. The report said while Germany has a program for former jihadists, not one Swedish jihadist is thought to have defected from that ideology.
Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab had received $119,000 in student aid, including a payout after his death; it is unclear if any of the money was used for terrorism, and the investigation is continuing. The national police and security agencies asked the government to make counterterrorism a top priority for their agencies.
The foreign ministry admitted to "failure" in its attempt to bring two Swedish citizens home from Djibouti after they had left a Shabaab training camp in Somalia. The two men, of Somali origin, were extradited to the US to face terror charges along with a British suspect.
The prosecutor said the government is likely to drop its investigation of the Dec. 11, 2010 Stockholm suicide bombing that killed bomber Taimour Abdulwahab and injured two bystanders. In July a Scottish court found Glasgow resident Nasserdine Menni guilty of financing the attack.
Police confirmed that a white powder sent in an envelope to the US Embassy in Stockholm on Oct. 17 was "extremely toxic and corrosive." The identity and motive of the sender is unknown; Sweden's security agency is investigating the case, said to involve "spreading a poison or virus."
An appeals court acquitted three men of murder charges who were arrested at a Gothenburg art gallery on Sept. 11, 2011 on suspicion of plotting to murder cartoonist Lars Viks, who had planned to be at the gallery that night. The suspects, who were asking for Viks and carrying knives when arrested, were convicted of weapons violations.
Nasserdine Menni was sentenced by a Glasgow court to seven years in prison for financing the December 2010 Stockholm suicide bombing. In Sweden's own investigation into the attack, so far only Menni has been charged.
A court freed an Uzbek couple suspected of aiding in the attempted murder of an Uzbek imam who is wanted by Uzbekistan on terrorism charges. The court found the evidence insufficient and the investigation faulty.
A Scottish jury found Glasgow resident Nasserdine Menni guilty of financing the December 2010 Stockholm suicide bombing. Menni used bank accounts under various names to send money to the bomber, provided him with a car, and also helped fund his trips abroad "for purposes of Jihad."
Prosecutors said circumstantial evidence links Glasgow resident Nasserdine Menni to Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab, including the fact they shared an email account with password "9/11." Menni is being tried in a Glasgow court on charges of conspiracy and providing financial support for terrorism.
A court charged an Uzbek couple with complicity in the attempted murder of Obydhkon Soditkhony Nazarov, an imam in northern Sweden. Prosecutors view the crime as a political assassination attempt; Nazarov is wanted in Uzbekistan on terror-related charges.
Ahmed Agiza, who was arrested in Sweden in 2001 and handed over by the CIA to Egypt along with fellow Egyptian Mohammed Alzery, has been granted permanent residency in Sweden. In earlier years, Agiza was a member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad and had worked closely with Ayman al Zawahiri.
Sniffer dogs near the reactor of the Ringhals nuclear plant south of Gothenburg found a plastic explosive device attached to the underside of a truck used on the premises. Authorities called the device an act of sabotage and raised the threat level at nuclear facilities across the country.
The Swedish military raised its assessed terrorist threat level from "low" to "elevated." Sweden's intelligence agency, SAPO, has kept its threat level assessment at "elevated" since October 2010. The military's revised estimate was influenced by "increased activity in certain groups that embrace violence" directed against Swedish interests.
The national intelligence service's annual report says the agency's budget has doubled over the past decade. The report states that "several" persons in Sweden are supporting Islamic terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia, and that others have traveled to terrorist training camps abroad.
The attempted assassination of Obid Nazarov, a popular Uzbek cleric in the northern city of Stromsund, is being blamed on Uzbek government officials. Nazarov remains in a coma following the February attack. He had fled to Sweden in 2006 after the Uzbek government sought to arrest him for terrorism.
The trial of Nasserdine Menni, who conspired with Stockholm suicide bomber Taimor Abdulwahab, opened in Glasgow. Menni faces charges of transferring money to Abdulwahab and engaging in terrorist activity in Scotland, England, Sweden, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere from 2003 until 2011.