Sweden opens terror investigation after foiled attack on Israeli embassy | Abroad


A terror investigation has been opened in Sweden after a foiled attack on the Israeli embassy on Wednesday. The Swedish Intelligence Service (Säpo) announced this on Friday.

Last Wednesday, Stockholm police were alerted by the embassy around 1 p.m. after an “object considered dangerous” was found on the premises. A perimeter was set up and police say the item was destroyed by the bomb squad. It may have been a hand grenade, but those reports have not been officially confirmed.

Israel’s ambassador to Sweden, Ziv Nevo Kulman, wrote on X that “we will not be intimidated by terror.” Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson described the situation as “very serious”.

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“The preliminary investigation opened by the police on January 31 has been taken over by the Swedish intelligence services,” Säpo said in a statement. The classification “terrorist crime” has also been added, it said.

Agents guard the Israeli embassy in Stockholm. © via REUTERS

At the end of October, the Swedish government pledged ten million kroner (about 890,000 euros) to strengthen the security of Jewish institutions and congregations, following the increase in anti-Semitism in the aftermath of the war between Israel and Hamas.

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