Stockholm Attacker Had 3 Sets of Bombs

Taimour Abdulwahab probably intended to do more damage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 13, 2010 9:52 AM CST
Stockholm Bomber Taimour Abdulwahab Had 3 Sets of Bombs, Probably Intended to Do More Damage
Police forensics experts examine the remains of a man in Stockholm on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010.   (Fredrik Persson / SCANPIX)

(Newser) – The suicide bomber who killed himself in Stockholm carried three sets of bombs and had sent threats referring to "jihad" in an email shortly before his death, a prosecutor said today. Prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand identified the suicide bomber behind Saturday's blasts as 28-year-old Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen with roots in the Middle East who has lived in Britain for the past 10 years. Though he had apparently harbored radical ideas for some time, Lindstrand said he was completely unknown to Swedish security police before the blasts.

Parts of the explosives probably detonated by mistake before Abdulwahab reached his final destination, he said. "He had three sets of bombs and I don't think his intention was to blow himself up only," Lindstrand said. "It was a failure, luckily." He said Abdulwahab had bombs strapped to his body, more in a backpack and also carried "something that looked like a pressure-cooker ... He was well-equipped with bomb material, so I guess it isn't a too daring guess to say he was on his way to a place where there were as many people as possible." (Read more Taimour Abdulwahab stories.)

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