LARS VILKS MENTIONED IN THE ATTACK (see last update at the bottom)
The Religion Of Peace involved? Nothing concrete yet, will keep you updated as news reports come in. THE RELIGION OF PEACE IS INDEED INVOLVED KGS
UPDATE1: Finnish YLE mentions gas canisters in one car and fireworks in another, but no Swede, nor Finn for that matter buys fireworks that many weeks before New Years. Two separate cars indicate something planned. And there are never any explosions in central Stockholm, ever. Thanks to Reinhard for added insight´.
UPDATE2: IT WAS JIHAD! THE LOCAL IS SAYING THAT IT WAS A SUICIDE BOMBER
Two nearly simultaneous explosions rocked central Stockholm on Saturday evening, killing one person and injuring two others in what is believed to be a suicide attack.
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The fatal blast occurred just minutes after a car exploded on another nearby street sending two people to hospital.
Roughly ten minutes before the explosions, Swedish news agency TT received an email telling Muslims in Sweden and Europe it was “time to take action”.
Sveriges Television (SVT) reported that both explosions, which occurred about 200 metres from one another, were part of a suicide attack in the Swedish capital.
Writing from his Twitter account shortly after midnight on Saturday night, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt referred to the incident as a “terrorist attack”.
“Most worrying attempt at terrorist attack in crowded part of central Stockholm,” wrote Bildt.
“Failed — but could have been truly catastrophic…” he added.
Bildt’s comments, sent from his Twitter account, effectively confirmed earlier reports in the Swedish media that the two almost simultaneous explosions had been an attack.
The first blast in the car left two passers-by in need of hospital treatment for minor injuries, said emergency services spokesperson Bengt Norberg.
A second alert was received two minutes later and one person was found dead at the scene of the second blast which took place in the street, he added. (END)
Car explodes in central Stockholm, 2 injured
NEWSVINE: STOCKHOLM — Two explosions shook central Stockholm on Saturday, injuring two people and causing panic, rescue officials said.
Police spokeswoman Petra Sjolander said a car exploded on Drottninggatan, a busy shopping street in the center of the city, injuring one person. Shortly afterward, a second explosion was heard higher up on the same street, and a man was found injured on the ground, she said.
Police said it was unclear what caused the second explosion. Rescue services spokesman, Roger Sverndal said the car that exploded contained gas canisters. Another rescue services spokesman, Bengt Norberg said two people had been taken to the hospital with injuries.
Gabriel Gabiro, a former AP staffer, was inside a watch store on the opposite side of the street of the second explosion when it went off and saw people running from the site.
“I saw some people crying, perhaps from the shock,” he said. “There was a man lying on the ground with blood coming out in the area of his belly, and with his personal belongings scattered around him.”
“It shook the store that I was in,” he said of the blast. “Then there was smoke and gun powder coming into the store.”
UPDATE3: COMMENTER JACOB_M SAYS: Update: Al-Aftonbladet – Aftonbladet.se reports that the suicide bomber yelled in Arabic (Allah Akbar?) before blowing himself up. The had strapped six pipe bombs to himself – of which only one exploded thankfully. Enough to kill himself (good residence) and injure two passers by, but not enough to kill anyone else. The backpack was also full of what police suspect are some kind of explosive material, apart from the nails. Had those explosives detonated, as well as all six of the pipe bombs, the death toll could have been substantial as it took place in a pretty busy street during Christmas shopping.
Also, minutes before the explosions, Swedish news agencies and the Security police received some kind of message about how “now your children, daughters and sisters die, just as our brothers and sisters and children die” The message also urged muslims in Sweden to strike at Swedes and “Now is the time to strike, wait no longer. Use whatever you have, even if it is a knife. And I know you have more than knives. Fear not, fear not a prison, do not fear death. Lars Vilks also go an “honorary” mention with death threats aimed at him and Swedes in general as long as we continue to support and protect him (“that pig) as well as humiliating the prophet.
I don’t know how we manage to humiliate the “prophet”, since he’s dead and all. But I guess that whoever wrote the message didn’t have Swedish as his native tongue just as English isn’t mine.