Swedish Report Assesses Terrorist Threat


Swedish Security Police have identified almost 200 individuals, mostly young males, as Islamic extremists who advocate violence, but there's no indication their number is growing, a new report said Wednesday.

In a country once considered immune from terrorism, Swedish police say that violence-promoting Islamist radicals do exist in their country and should not be underestimated as potential threats, according to the police study, commissioned months before Saturday's terrorist bombings in central Stockholm.

Sweden experienced its first suicide bombing last weekend, when two explosions killed the bomber and wounded two other people in a district full of Christmas shoppers.

Sweden's radicals mostly focus on "action and propaganda against foreign troops in Muslim countries and against governments they see as corrupt and not representing what the networks consider to be the only true interpretation of Islam," the report found.