In Sweden, arrested man, 22, suspected of preparing an attack, targets unknown

A man arrested in Arctic Sweden is suspected of preparing "terrorist" attacks against unknown targets, a prosecutor said Friday.

COPENHAGEN — A man arrested in Arctic Sweden is suspected of preparing “terrorist” attacks against unknown targets, a prosecutor said Friday.

Prosecutor Hans Ihrman demanded that the man, Moder Mothama Magid, 22, be jailed while his case is being investigated by Sweden’s Security Service. Ihrman didn’t say what the target might have been.

Magid’s citizenship was not mentioned in the court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Magid was to appear later Friday at a custody hearing in Stockholm, 600 kilometres (370 miles) south of Boliden, a village in a snowy forest where he was arrested late Thursday by local police. He and others have been questioned, said National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson.

Prosecution spokeswoman Karin Rosander said Magid’s alleged planning was done in Stockholm but she could not say where attacks would have taken place. Earlier, authorities had said the target was in Stockholm.

Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said on the sidelines of a meeting of EU interior and justice ministers in Brussels that “we still have a serious situation” and more arrests were possible.

On Wednesday, Sweden raised its terror alert to the second-highest level. Hours later, the security service, known as SAPO, said they were searching for a man on “suspicion of preparing to commit terrorist offences.”

The case is not believed to be linked to the Paris attacks.

The most recent attack in Stockholm was on Dec. 11, 2010, when an Iraqi-born Swede, Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, detonated two devices, including one that killed him, in central Stockholm.

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