AFP Prime Minister Kristersson of Sweden
NOS News•today, 17:48•Edited today, 17:51
The threat level for terrorism in Sweden has been raised by the security service to the second highest level. That happened because of the Koran burnings of recent times.
The level indicating the probability of a terrorist act has been increased from 3 to 4 on a scale of 1 to 5. Level 4, which stands for a high threat, was last applied in 2016.
“Denmark did the same in March this year,” says Scandinavia correspondent Rolien Créton in the NPO Radio 1 program Nieuws & Co. “That has to do with the Koran burnings in both countries.”
The recent Quran burnings in Sweden have sparked major protests in the Middle East. For example, an angry mob stormed the Swedish embassy in Iraq in July. Iraq also decided to expel the Swedish ambassador from the country.
Swedish flags were burned in countries with a predominantly Muslim population and terror group Al Qaeda is said to have called for revenge against Sweden.
The burnings, which have also been in Denmark, are the work of small groups and sometimes even individuals, but they succeed in sharpening relations between countries. Both Denmark and Sweden have temporarily tightened border controls.
Terrorist attacks foiled
Prime Minister Kristersson of Sweden has not only announced that the threat level is being raised. Rolien Créton: “He now adds that attacks have been foiled and that several people have been arrested in Sweden and beyond.”