Islamic terrorists strike Stockholm Sweden
Two car bombs went off, killing at least one person and injuring others. The blast was announced in advance by email 10 minutes prior to detonation. Islamic terrorists are cowards who exploit Allah for their personal ambition that is filled with hatred and undermines world respect for Arabs and Muslims.
STOCKHOLM — Two nearly simultaneous explosions rocked the capital city if Sweden on Saturday, killing one person and injuring two others, rescue officials said.
Police spokeswoman Petra Sjolander said a car exploded near Drottninggatan, a busy street in the center of the city. Shortly afterward, a second explosion was heard higher up on the same street, and a man was found injured on the ground. He was later pronounced dead.
Two people were taken to the hospital with injuries, said Bengt Norberg, a rescue services spokesman.
Swedish news agency TT said on Saturday that it and the Security Police had received an email about 10 minutes before the blasts.
The agency said the mail had sound files in both Swedish and Arabic attached.
It said the voice on the sound file addressed Sweden and the Swedish people and talked about Sweden's silence over the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed by artist Lars Vilks and Sweden's presence in Afghanistan.
"Our actions will talk for themselves. As long as you do not end your war against Islam and humiliation of the prophet and your stupid support for the pig Vilks," TT quoted the man on the sound file as saying.
The man also urged all Muslims in Sweden to "stop sucking up to and degrading,"reported The Local, Sweden's English publication. He concluded the message with yet another call to "all the mujahedeen" in Sweden and Europe.
"Now it’s time to act, don’t wait any longer. Fear no one, don’t fear prison, don’t fear death," The Local reported.
Swedish media reported scenes of panic in the busy Christmas shopping areas with people fleeing amidst smoke and the smell of explosives.
Sjolander said it was unclear what caused the second explosion but a police bomb squad has been sent to the site.
Another rescue services spokesman, Roger Sverndal said the car that exploded contained gas canisters.
Gabriel Gabiro, a former AP staffer, was inside a watch store on the opposite side of the street from the second explosion and saw people running from the site.
"I saw some people crying, perhaps from the shock," he said. "There was a man lying on the ground with blood coming out in the area of his belly, and with his personal belongings scattered around him."
Gabiro said the blast was "quite loud" and he saw smoke coming from the area where the man was lying.
"It shook the store that I was in," he said of the blast. "Then there was smoke and gun powder coming into the store."
Authorities said they had no information that immediately suggested the blasts were the result of a militant attack but it was too early to say what had happened.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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