Police Probe Stockholm Bomber's UK Links

"(ABC)
Investigators say the man who blew himself up in a Stockholm street lived and studied in Britain, where he was thrown out of a mosque for trying to recruit extremists.

Iraqi-born Swede Taimur Abdul Wahab al-Abdaly set off a car bomb in a busy shopping street in the Swedish capital before blowing himself up in a second explosion.

The second explosion killed Abdaly and injured two other people.

Overnight, police searched a property in Luton, north of London, where Abdaly and his Swedish wife were living until two weeks ago.

British media reported that Abdaly had studied at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton and had been living in the town in recent years. And it has been revealed that he stormed out of a Luton mosque several years ago after being challenged over his radical ideas. Luton Islamic Centre chairman Abdul Qadeer Baksh says Abdaly once attended morning prayers.

""I opened up the issue of extremism, killing and maiming people, innocent people and so on and so forth,"" he recalled.

""And I showed clearly how Islam does not tolerate this. It's against the teachings of Islam and after that he never had a leg to stand on. When we finished the debate he just got up and stormed out. We never saw him again.""

Sweden's prosecutor said the bomber had three sets of bombs and had probably intended to cause an explosion at the main railway station or a city centre department store. "