Numbers of Radical Islam sympathizers rises alarming to thousands--Swedish Security Service
June 16 Stockholm: The number of people with extremist views chiefly, radical Islamist opinions has boomed to thousands, in Sweden.
The Director General of the Swedish Security Service (SAPO), on Friday claimed that Swedish nationals who are travelling to Syria or Iraq to fight for extremists groups are returning to share their ideology and to recruit Islamists within Sweden.
Anders Thornberg, says "we have never seen anything like it" and propaganda from the Islamic State group was a key factor. Over past few years, the SAPO estimates around 300 individuals from Sweden have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join groups like the al-Nusra Front or Islamic State.
Thornberg said “There are more and more people that we need have knowledge of,”. Support for groups like Islamic State has also been seen in some of the highest levels of the Swedish government.“There are individuals who collect money, who quietly sympathise and are involved in various ways but then it is a lot of rhetoric. It’s not forbidden to talk about things; it’s only when you commit a crime as it gets serious,” he said.
Sweden's news agency TT Friday that SAPO gets about 6,000 pieces of intelligence every month, up from 2,000 five years ago. He didn't go into specifics.
On April 7, the driver of stolen truck killed five pedestrians and injured 14 in central Stockholm. Sweden's threat assessment remains three on a five-level scale.
The Oslo Times International News Network