In the last week of March, immediately in the aftermath of the tragic Brussels bombing which ISIS took responsibility for and which was subsequently revealed as organized by a semi-autonomous Brussels cell operating closely with the French cell responsible for the November 2015 terrorist attack, we reported that the Islamic State group has trained at least 400 attackers and sent them into Europe for terror attacks. As AP said, citing security officials, “the network of interlocking, agile and semi-autonomous cells shows the reach of the extremist group in Europe even as it loses ground in Syria.”
The last sentence was most troubling: “The officials say the fighters have been given orders to find the right time, place and method to carry out their mission.“
Fast forward one month later when one such place targeted for a new ISIS attack may have been revealed.
Earlier today Swedish media reported that officials from the local security services are in a “heightened state of readiness” in connection with a potential terror threat because according to these same reports, several Islamic State fighters have arrived in Sweden to carry out attacks on civilian targets in the capital Stockholm.
“Right now we’re gathering information and intelligence and coordinating with our national and international partners,” security police (Säpo) press spokesman Simon Bynert told the TT news agency.
The Swedish Expressen newspaper reported that the country’s security service received information from their Iraqi colleagues about an imminent terror threat in the country. About seven to eight Islamic State terrorists arrived in Sweden to carry out attacks in Stockholm, Expressen sources claimed and added that “according to the information, the terrorists are planning to attack civilian targets in the capital.’
An April report in the Swedish media said Islamists have successfully infiltrated Sweden’s Green Party. According Lars Nicander from the Swedish National Defense University, there is “a very similar effect today in which people close to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist party, are apparently gaining large footholds in the Green Party.”
Finally, considering the already tense environment in Sweden, profiled most recently in “Swedes Revolt Over Refugees Near Schools: Demand “F##king Answers” From Stockholm City Council“, a terrorist attack here could be just the powder key needed to unleash the next, far more violent phase of Europe’s refugee crisis.
Full article: Sweden On High Alert After Reports ISIS Militants Enter Country To “Target Civilians” (Zero Hedge)