I reported on Thursday about a “Swedish” Guantanamo alumnus and two of his cronies who were apprehended in Pakistan in late August. Now comes word that these three “Swedes” were part of a group of twelve foreigners who were planning operations against Western embassies in Pakistan.
Our Swedish correspondent CB has translated the latest from Expressen:
Reports tonight: The police found a bomb belt
The police found a bomb belt, maps, and detailed information about Western embassies when the terror-suspects were arrested.
The Danish embassy in Islamabad could have been the target for the group, an intelligence source reveals.
Altogether twelve persons from different countries were apprehended. The arrested men themselves claim they were on their way to South Waziristan. But intelligence sources suspect that the target was totally different. According to Expressen’ information, a threatening picture directed at the Danish embassy can be connected to someone in this group.
“That is what made the police suspect that they were planning or helped others plan terrorist acts,” says one intelligence source.
Money in foreign currency
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At the arrest, CDs and literature were found, as well as large amounts of foreign money. Pictures purportedly of the Swedish men and their confiscated items were shown as early as August 29th in the newspaper Daily Khabrain.
There is also information about a bomb belt among the property of the group, designated for a suicide mission.
A local police source in Dera Ghazi Khan tells about the apprehension to Svenska Dagbladet: “It was a routine mission, since foreigners arouse attention these days. Dera Ghazi Khan or Traimoon isn’t a tourist attraction.”
Aisar Al Shawabke, spokesperson at Örebro mosque, and an acquaintance of Mehdi Ghezali, met Ghezali as recently as a couple months ago.
“We are surprised and shocked. It feels unreal that this can happen again.”
“A calm and tempered guy”
He describes Ghezali as a calm and tempered guy.
“The years he spent in Guantanamo changed him. It affected him psychologically. He became quiet and unobtrusive.”
Aisar Al Shawabke doesn’t want to speculate about what has happened in Pakistan.
“But, from what one has heard, there don’t seem to be any strong suspicions.”