Incident Summary:

12/11/2010: On Saturday afternoon around 1700, in one of two related attacks in the Drottningatan area of Stockholm, Sweden, shortly after a car exploded, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device. The resulting blast killed the bomber and wounded two civilians. The device described as a suicide belt made of pipe bombs, was one of three devices that the bomber had on his person. The second device was described as a pressure cooker, which contained an explosive substance. The third device was contained in the bomber's backpack with screws, wires and an unknown explosive substance. Only the first device detonated. Witnesses said the bomber dropped something, possibly a cell phone, just before the blast, and after he stood up from picking it up, the belt device detonated. It is believed either the device that was dropped or the action of bending over triggered the device. The bomber, identified as Taimour Abdlwahab, 28, was born in Iraq and authorities suspect he had links to Al Qaida in Iraq. A Yemeni Islamist website claimed "It is our brother, mujahid Taymour Abdel Wahab, who carried out the martyrdom operation in Stockholm." Abdlwahab sent an audio file to Swedish news agency TT shortly before the blasts. The attack caused an unknown amount of damage.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack occurred on a busy shopping street in the Drottningatan area of Stockholm.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Sweden
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A suicide improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of two related attacks (cf. 201012110009). It is suspected that Abdlwahab might have had help from a man identified as Abu Seuleiman al-Nasser because of Nasser's posts on his website before and after the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Iraqi extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
BBC Monitoring, "Stockholm Bomber 'Aimed to Kill Many People'," BBC Monitoring, December 12, 2010,
John F. Burns & Ravi Somaiya, "One of the Sweden Bombs Exploded Prematurely," New York Times, December 13, 2010,\.
Agence France Presse, "Sweden: Islamists Claiming Responsibility for 11 Dec Stockholm Blasts," World News Connection, Agence France Presse, December 12, 2010.