A new report, from Sweden’s security service Säpo, says the country is facing “greater threats than in a long time”.
“In the past few years, the security situation in our part of the world has deteriorated and the threats to Sweden are greater now than they have been in a long time,” Säpo head Anders Thornberg writes.
He adds the main threat is caused by extremists that sympathise with violent Islamism. According to Thornberg, the number of radicalised extremists has grown from hundreds to thousands. Last year Säpo already warned that there are at least 2000 violent Islamist in the country.
“The ‘new normal’ [growth of extremism]is something Sweden shares with the rest of Europe. The attacks in Manchester, London, Barcelona and Turku have all shown that we must work together to counter the threat posed by terrorism”, Thornberg writes.
But Thornberg also mentions right-wing extremists: “However, in the past year we have noted a significant increase in activities engaged in by the extreme right-wing environment. Some individuals belonging [to]this environment are also active in serious violent crime.”
With the eye on Sweden’s coming elections the security service report also warns for election meddling: “In the past few years, we have noticed various attempts by foreign powers to influence elections in other countries through both open and covert attacks.”
CREDIT: VOICE OF EUROPE