1. Sweden: Extremism grows, chiefly radical Islamists

Sweden: Extremism grows, chiefly radical Islamists

The Swedish security service SAPO says the number of people in Sweden with extremist views has grown to several thousand, mainly among people with sympathies for radical Islam.

By: | Copenhagen | Published: June 16, 2017 6:30 PM
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The Swedish security service SAPO says the number of people in Sweden with extremist views has grown to several thousand, mainly among people with sympathies for radical Islam. Its head, Anders Thornberg, says “we have never seen anything like it” and propaganda from the Islamic State group was a key factor. He says the figure was in the hundreds a few years ago, adding it was “a historic challenge with extremist environments growing.” Thornberg told Sweden’s news agency TT today that SAPO gets about 6,000 pieces of intelligence every month, up from 2,000 five years ago. He didn’t go into specifics. Sweden’s threat assessment remains three on a five-level scale. On April 7, the driver of stolen truck killed five pedestrians and injured 14 in central Stockholm.

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