Radical Extremists in Sweden Rise to 2,000: Intelligence

Sweden is home to some 2,000 radical extremists, the nation’s intelligence chief said Monday, a nearly 10-fold increase in less than a decade.

Anders Thornberg, head of domestic spy service Sapo, attributed the rise primarily to the sophisticated propaganda machine of ISIL terrorist group.

Although “few extremists” have “the will and ability” to carry out attacks, they must be found and closely followed, Thornberg said.

“It’s important that everyone in Sweden takes responsibility to end this trend… before we see an attack or a violent act,” Thornberg told news agency TT in an interview published on Monday.


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