Sweden says helped on British arrest over Stockholm attack

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Swedish intelligence police and prosecutors said Tuesday they had cooperated with Scottish police in a probe that led to the arrest of a man in Scotland believed to be connected with a suicide bombing in Stockholm in December.

"The arrest in Scotland is a result of the Scottish police investigation and a cooperation between Scotland and Sweden within the framework for international legal assistance, as well as a good cooperation between prosecutors and the police authorities," Swedish intelligence agency Saepo said in a statement.

"The investigation so far shows that there may be a connection between the arrested person and the terror crime in Stockholm on December 11, something the continued investigative work in Scotland will have to show," the statement added.

Saepo, which had previously said they suspected suicide-bomber Taymour Abdelwahab had worked alone, refused to say if the arrest altered their probe or to provide any further details, saying all questions should be addressed to Scottish investigators.

The top Swedish prosecutor on the case, Agnete Hilding Qvarnstroem, was also tight-lipped about the probe.

"What I can say is ... it is linked to what happened in Stockholm on December 11," she told AFP, adding "we have received a request for legal assistance from Scotland, which we have given, but what that entails, I cannot go into."

Another prosecutor, Tomas Lindstrand, told news agency TT the arrested suspect was not a Swedish citizen, but neither Saepo nor Hilding Qvarnstroem would confirm the comment.

British police said Tuesday they had arrested a 30-year-old foreign national in Glasgow on suspicion of "aiding terrorist activities" abroad.

British authorities had been investigating any links to the Swedish attack -- the country's first suicide bombing -- following the revelation that Abdelwahab had lived and studied near London.

On December 11, Abdelwahab, a 29-year-old whose family fled from Iraq to Sweden in 1991, first blew up his car before blowing up himself a few blocks away in an empty side-street off of Stockholm's busiest shopping street.

He narrowly missed wreaking carnage among Christmas shoppers, killing only himself after, police suspect, mistakenly setting off a charge prematurely, but two other people were injured when his car exploded.

© 2011 AFP

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