He was hoping to commit mass-murder on a large scale for Allah. “Stockholm bomber aimed for major targets: prosecutor,” by Patrick Lannin and Niklas Pollard for Reuters, December 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A Middle East-born man who died in a blast in Stockholm was wearing an explosives belt and likely aimed to attack a crowded train station or department store when the device went off prematurely, an official said on Monday.
Sweden’s chief prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand told a news conference the man had been well equipped with explosives and he assumed the man had accomplices as the attack was well planned.
“He was wearing a bomb belt and was carrying a rucksack with a bomb. He was also carrying an object that looks something like a pressure cooker. If it had all exploded at the same time it could have caused very serious damage,” Lindstrand said.
A car containing gas canisters blew up in a busy shopping area in central Stockholm on Saturday followed minutes later by a blast nearby which killed the bomber and injured two people.
“It is not a very wild guess that he was headed to some place where there were as many people as possible, perhaps the central station, perhaps (department store) Ahlens,” he said.
He said the man was almost certainly Taymour Abdulwahab, who has been widely named in media reports.
He said Abdulwahab was born in 1981, became a Swedish citizen in 1992 and came from a Middle Eastern country, although it was unclear which. The Swedish immigration service told Reuters he came to Sweden in 1992 and got citizenship in 1998….
The University of Bedfordshire in the southern English town of Luton said a student called Taymour Abdulwahab, a Swedish national, had registered in 2001 and graduated with a degree in sports therapy in 2004….
A post on a Muslim dating website showed Abdulwahab was born in Iraq, was married with two young daughters and looking for a second wife.
Shortly before the blasts, Swedish news agency TT received a threatening letter criticizing Sweden’s troops in Afghanistan, caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad drawn by a Swedish cartoonist and which spoke of a Middle East trip for “jihad.”
“To all Muslims in Sweden I say: stop fawning and humiliating yourselves for a life of humiliation is far from Islam. Help your brothers and sisters and do not fear anything or anyone, only the God you worship,” the letter said.
In the letter, he said to his family: “I never went to the Middle East to work or earn money, I went there for jihad. I hope that you can understand me some time.”…
Oh, I understand you real well.