Hunt for Sweden bomber accomplices
Detectives are hunting the accomplices of the British-based Stockholm suicide bomber.
Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, 28, killed himself and wounded two people in a botched attack in the Swedish capital on Saturday afternoon.
The Swedish authorities said the failed bombing appeared "well-planned" and they are working on the assumption that the Iraq-born Bedfordshire University graduate was helped by others.
Police are now minutely examining material left by the bomber for clues about his accomplices. This includes an audio message emailed to police and a Swedish news agency before the attack in which a man thought to be Abdulwahab warns that "we are for real and do now exist among you Europeans".
There is speculation among counter-terrorism experts that a cough on the recording, believed to have been sent from the extremist's mobile phone, may have been made by another person.
Jihadist websites were filled with grotesque tributes to the bomber, including poems and epitaphs describing him as a "hero martyr".
Swedish officials said on Monday that Abdulwahab apparently carried out his mission alone but had backing from others.
Chief public prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand said: "We know from previous experience that this type of crime usually involves more than one individual. The attack appears to have been well-planned, and we assume that the suicide bomber had accomplices."
Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt told BBC2's Newsnight that the authorities were making an "intensive" effort to discover who was working with Abdulwahab. "It might be that he was operating on that particular night alone, but it might be that preparations and training or whatever was part of a wider network," he said. "That is obviously something that the authorities are extremely keen to try to find out."
Mr Bildt added that Stockholm avoided a massive catastrophe by only a matter of minutes. "It looks like he was heading into probably the most crowded place in Stockholm at the most crowded time of the year," he said. "He was heading into a place where, if he had exploded all the ordnance he had with him - and that was quite substantial - it would have been mass casualties of a sort we haven't seen in Europe for quite some time."