We now have a face and a name for last night’s Stockholm bomber. Or two names, really: Taimour Abdulwahab and Taimour Al-Abdaly, both of which are associated with the same person on Facebook and various other internet postings.
We also know where the Christmas Jihadi obtained his higher education: the University of Bedfordshire in Luton. Regular readers will recognize Luton as the birthplace of the EDL, and also as one of the most Islamized communities in England.
Did Mr. Abdulwahab/Al-Abdaly also receive his jihad training while in Luton? There’s no answer to that question yet. But The Daily Mail has a lot of additional information on the Stockholm bomber, including the fact that he had been advertising for a second wife on Muslim matchmaking websites:
A suicide bomber who died in a terrorist bomb attack which rocked Stockholm city centre, is believed to be a graduate from a British university.
A Facebook page thought to belong to the 29-year-old indicated that he studied sports therapy at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton. He graduated in 2004.
The man, named locally as Taimour Abdulwahab Al-Abdaly, had also posted numerous videos relating to the Iraq war, the war in Chechnya and the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay.
The Iraqi-born bomber first set his car on fire and then walked 200 metres before the explosives, believed to be in a backpack strapped to his body, detonated.
Just minutes before, he had sent out an email to the police and a news agency warning of deadly reprisals for having Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan.
He was the registered owner of the car that blew up and was reported to have worked on the street corner on which he died, carrying a sign advertising a local fish-and-chip restaurant.
His favourite pages on Facebook included ‘Yawm al-Qiyaamah’, the Islamic ‘Day of Resurrection’. The page’s signature image features London’s Tower Bridge being engulfed in flames and floods. .
The man is also thought to have been active on Muslim contact sites, where he claimed to be looking for a second wife.
In one message on the site Muslima.com, he says that he was born in Iraq and moved to Sweden in 1992. He said he had two daughters, one aged three and one under the age of two. He said he wanted to marry again and that his first wife had agreed to this.
‘In the future, am looking for to move to an arabic [sic] country and settle down there,’ he wrote.
Investigators will be certain to investigate the man’s connections with Luton, a town which has featured in numerous terror investigations in the past.
A leaked British intelligence report from 2008 identified Luton as being home to one of the main concentrations of Islamic extremists in the country.
Police currently believe his bomb may have detonated too early. They are keen to trace a man who was seen speaking to the suspect just minutes before his backpack exploded.
Officially, police said that they did not know the identity of the bomber.
But a source told the newspaper Expressen that they were ‘95 percent certain” that the car owner and the suicide bomber were the same person. They have linked the blasts and are investigating them as ‘crimes of terror.’
See the entire article at the Mail for additional information, plus a lot more photos.
I asked Steen if the Swedish media were still insisting that the burning car had been full of “fireworks”. He said no, not entirely:
Säpo [Swedish security service] said it was terror. The PM held a press conference and said nothing. He dared not use the word “terror”. But everyone now knows it was.
Hat tip: DF.