Swedish prosecutors are holding a suspected terrorist who was captured after a raid on an apartment in the country’s north.
The man was arrested on “suspicion of conspiracy to commit terrorist offenses” after an initial interrogation late Thursday, the Stockholm-based Security Service said in a statement. A court document obtained by Bloomberg News shows the man had planned an attack against the Swedish capital.
The suspect is affiliated with Islamic State in Iraq, according to Swedish media. He entered the Scandinavian country via Germany and has been the target of a manhunt since Sweden on Wednesday raised its terrorist threat level to four on a scale of five. According to Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman, the threat level is unchanged after Thursday’s arrest.
“We have a serious situation in Sweden,” Ygeman told reporters as he arrived for a meeting in Brussels on Friday. “We need to continue to take action in order to be able to live in a safe and free Sweden.”
Prime Minister Stefan Loefven this week said Sweden’s response to extremism so far had been “naive,” as the government reviews its stance. The country’s parliament upgraded its security measures this week after registering a threat against the legislature on Nov. 16. Sweden, which has stood out for its generous asylum policies, has also started imposing border controls and plans to enact stricter anti-terrorism measures such as increased surveillance.
Local authorities are now questioning several other people in connection with Thursday’s raid, national police chief Dan Eliasson told news agency TT. The court document identified the arrested man as Moder Mothama Magid.
The events unfolding in Sweden follow efforts in France to flush out suspected terrorists linked to Islamic State after the group claimed responsibility for attacks last week that killed 129 people and injured more than 300. Some 350,000 refugees are expected to arrive in Sweden, a nation of 9.8 million people, by the end of next year, the country’s Migration Agency estimates. The horror gripping Europe after the Paris attacks has raised additional questions around how to absorb more asylum seekers.
Sweden on Thursday extended border controls until Dec 11, and said the inflow of refugees is creating “acute challenges for important functions in society.” The Migration Agency has said it can no longer guarantee housing for refugees, and will prioritize families with children.