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Man, 22, suspected of Stockholm attack arrested

Jan M. Olsen
Associated Press

Copenhagen, Denmark – — A man arrested in Arctic Sweden and suspected of preparing “terrorist” crimes was planning to attack unknown targets in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, a prosecutor said Friday.

Prosecutor Hans Ihrman demanded that the man, Moder Mothama Magid, be jailed while his case is being investigated by Sweden’s Security Service. Ihrman didn’t specify what the exact target might have been.

Magid’s citizenship was not mentioned in the court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The 22-year-old was to appear later Friday at a custody hearing in Stockholm, 600 kilometers (370 miles) south of Boliden, a village in a large, snowy forest where he was arrested late Thursday by local police. He and others have been questioned, said National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson.

Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said on the sidelines of a meeting of European Union interior and justice ministers in Brussels that “we still have a serious situation,” adding more arrests could be made.

Peter Hultqvist, the defense minister, earlier Friday told Swedish media that police were looking for more suspects. Law enforcement officials have declined to comment.

On Wednesday, Sweden had raised its terror alert to the second-highest level. Hours later, the security service, known as SAPO, said they were searching for a man on “suspicion of preparing to commit terrorist offenses.”

The case is not believed to be linked to the deadly Paris attacks.

The most recent attack in Stockholm was on Dec. 11, 2010, when an Iraqi-born Swede, Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, detonated two devices, including one that killed him, in central Stockholm.