Swedish Bombing Information: Email Warning, Twitter Response

One person died and two were injured when two bombs exploded in Stockholm Sweden yesterday just minutes after the national news agency TT and Swedish security service S├Ąpo received an email containing an audio attachment criticizing "anti-Islamic cartoons and the war in Afghanistan," the New York Times reported

The content of the email had not been released by either group, but an "editor at the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra, Dan Skeppe, said the agency had received an e-mail minutes before the blasts; it was also addressed to Sweden's security police, and included a sound recording addressed to "Sweden and the Swedish people." Mr. Skeppe said the recording cited Swedish "silence" over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad drawn by the artist Lars Vilks, criticized Sweden's 500-soldier military contingent in northern Afghanistan and threatened attacks on Swedes," the New York Times stated.

The Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted "Most worrying attempt at terrorist attack in crowded part of central Stockholm. Failed -- but could have been truly catastrophic" as he was leaving the Nobel Banquet - not attended by the recipient of the Peace Prize.

The information from the email and audio file were initially held from the news with limited information being given. But more details have been released including the information about the warning it contained below.

"Now, your children -- daughters and sisters -- will die like our brothers and sisters and children die," it continued. "Our actions will speak for themselves. As long as you do not end your war against Islam and the insult against the prophet and your stupid support for that pig Vilks."

A connection between the bombings and the email have not been established at this time, the Swedish police stated.

Sweden has been caught up in online terrorism before. In October 2009, an American woman, Colleen R. LaRose, of Montgomery, Pa. was arrested for trying to enlist people to kill Vilks - the cartoonist mentioned above - through her website and a YouTube video. She took the name JihadJane.


About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.