Swedish Police Identify Bomber
Swedish police claim a man of Middle-Eastern descent was behind Saturday’s double bombing.
On Monday, police identified the man as Taymour Abdulwahab Al-Abdaly.
[Tomas Lindstrand, Chief Prosecutor for Security Issues]:
„A brief description of this man is that he was born in 1981, he is from the Middle East but at the moment it is a bit unclear from which country or countries in the Middle East he comes from. He became a Swedish citizen in 1992 and has lived in Sweden for a number of years. He has also lived in England for a number of years.“
He was killed in the blast.
Police said he was wearing a bomb-belt, a backpack with a bomb, as well as an object that looked like a pressure cooker.
They said it’s likely he was headed toward a crowded area in the hopes of killing as many people as possible.
Instead, something went wrong and the bombs were set off early.
The first blast took out a car filled with gas canisters near a shopping centre.
Less than 15 minutes later a second bomb went off, killing Al-Abdaly and injuring two others.
U.S. experts say the man was referred to as a holy warrior via online forums associated with militant groups such as al Qaeda.
Swedish media report the man lived in a small town around 200 km from Stockholm.