Muslims arrested for preparing to commit acts of terrorism in Gothenburg

by 1389 on September 12, 2011

in 1389 (blog admin), al Shabaab, al-Qaeda, Islam, Islamic terrorism, jihad, Lars Vilks (Mo-doggies cartoons), Scandinavia/Nordic region

Tidningen Realisten has the story:

2011-09-12 13:28

The night before September 11 four men were arrested at the Central Station in Gothenburg , the second largest city of Sweden, suspected of preparing criminal terrorist activity. At the same time the police sealed off the area around the Älvsborg bridge, the Röda Sten art exhibition hall, and the Swedish Transport Agency. Between 300 and 400 people were also evacuated from the inauguration of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.

The four were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of conspiring to commit terrorist acts. The four are 26-year-old Abdi Mahamud, 25-year-old Abdi Mohamud, 23-year-old Salar Mahmood and 24-year-old Mohamud Kulan.

Abdi Mahamud was born in Somalia and moved to Sweden on October 26, 1999.

Abdi Mohamud was born in Somalia and came to Sweden on December 30, 1991. He moved from Sweden October 26, 2007, and returned on January 9, 2008. He then moved again from Sweden August 18, 2008 and returned on June 12, 2009. He is a citizen of Great Britain and was sentenced on January 13, 2009, for assault to probation and fines.

Salar Mahmood was born in Iraq and came to Sweden on October 24, 1996.

Mohamud Kulan was born in Somalia and came to Sweden on March 19, 1993.

According to information provided to the tabloid Expressen, the detainees have links to the Muslim groups al-Shabab and Al Qaeda.

Two of those arrested demanded explicitly to be defended by lawyers Ulf Ahlstedt and Björn Sjölander.

One noteworthy fact is that Ahlstedt and Sjölander also defended 49-year-old Omar Rashaed Khalayleh and 28-year-old Mohamed Khalaili, who were arrested in late October last year on suspicion of preparing to commit terrorist acts. That case was, however, cancelled in November.

It is at the present moment still not clear what the target was for the suspected terrorist act on the anniversary of 9/11. The Älsvborg bridge is a well known symbol of Gothenburg and Islamists have previously shown a tendency to attack infrastructure. Artist Lars Vilks, who has been the target of Islamists abuse since his drawings of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog, had written on his blog that he was planning to visit the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art. However, he did not attend Röda Sten yesterday.

It sure looks as though Swedish police thwarted a planned 9-11 anniversary attack. Also, check out the suspects’ names: the “Muhammad quotient” is 100%.

More information at Gates of Vienna.


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