Sweden warns against possibility of becoming terrorism hotbed
Sweden might have become a new base from which terrorist groups recruit
new members, warned the Swedish Security Agency (SAPO).
Over 20 terror
suspects with Swedish passports have been arrested since 2001, though only a few
of them have served prison terms, said a report on the Monday edition of Svenska
Dagbladet, or the Swedish Daily newspaper.
It was probable that Sweden had
been used by terrorist groups as a fresh base to draw new members and amass
funds for attacks, said SAPO.
Two Swedish citizens were sentenced to jail
terms for collecting funds for the Iraqi terrorist cartel Ansar al-Islam in
2005, it said.
Many of the Swedish suspects are immigrants and statistics
show the country saw an inflow of 86,000 immigrants in 2006 alone. Local media
say these people are liable to be persuaded to join terrorist cells when they go
back to their home countries to visit families or for other