Posted on November 20, 2015

Swedish Police Arrest Mutar Muthanna Majid for ‘Plotting Terrorist Attack’ After Two-Day Manhunt

AFP, November 20, 2015

Swedish police have arrested a man suspected of plotting a “terrorist attack” after a two-day manhunt, as the country steps up security after last week’s carnage in Paris.

Iraqi Mutar Muthanna Majid was apprehended during an afternoon raid on a centre for asylum seekers in the north-eastern city of Boliden without incident, according to security services.


Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven congratulated the security services for the “speed with which the suspect was located and arrested”.

Authorities had issued an arrest warrant for 25-year-old Majid, who local media said was suspected to have fought in Syria, for preparing a “terrorist” attack.


On Thursday, Mr Lofven said Sweden had been naive about the risk of an attack on its soil and planned to beef up security measures, including surveillance of encrypted communications.