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.

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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.

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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.

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