March 8, 2011 / 11:13 AM / 9 years ago

Scottish police arrest man over Stockholm bombing

LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish police said Tuesday they had arrested a foreign national under anti-terrorism powers in connection with the botched suicide bombing in Stockholm last December.

Taymour Abdulwahab, a Swedish national of Middle Eastern descent, was killed in an attempted attack on downtown Stockholm after a bomb belt he was wearing went off prematurely.

Swedish officials believe he was preparing to attack a train station or department store at the height of the Christmas shopping season.

Scottish police said a 30-year-old man had been arrested in Glasgow under the Terrorism Act over the incident, following an intelligence-led operation.

“It’s in connection with an incident in Sweden which was in Stockholm, a car bomb incident,” a spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said.

She said the arrested man was alleged to have been involved in “aiding terrorist activity” outside Scotland. “There’s no kind of evidence to suggest there’s a direct threat to Scotland,” she said.

The police did not give the man’s name or nationality.

“The investigation so far shows there could be a link between the arrested person and the terrorism crime in Stockholm on December 11, something which further investigation in Scotland will have to make clear,” Swedish security police said in a statement.

In January, the director of Iraq’s anti-terrorism unit said Abdulwahab, who lived in Sweden in the 1990s, had received explosives training in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Abdulwahab studied at a university in Luton in Britain where he was believed to have become radicalized.

The Stockholm bombing was the latest in a string of attacks dating back to the 1990s by young Islamists educated in Britain, prompting critics to say London has failed to do enough to tackle extremism.

Additional reporting by Niklas Pollard in Stockholm; Editing by Jon Boyle

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