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“The Swedish suicide bomb attack [on December 11, 2010, in which the only victim was the bomber himself] has been hailed by an al-Qaida-linked organisation, the Islamic State of Iraq, according to an Islamist website. The al-Hanin website today published a photomontage including a photograph of Iraq-born Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly suggesting he was a member of the group and had carried out the Stockholm explosion. It does not directly claim responsibility for the attack but expresses clear approval. Abdaly was described as muhjahid or fighter and referred to on another Arabic-language Islamist internet forum as ‘our brother,’ though this phrase does not necessarily indicate a prior organisational affiliation. Al-Hanin forum members refer to Abdaly as a ‘martyr’ and the Stockholm blasts as a ‘martyrdom operation,’ invoking the blessings of Allah.”

 – Ian Black, “Sweden Suicide Bomber: Police Search Bedfordshire House,” The Guardian, Dec. 13, 2010

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