December 14, 2010 / 3:30 PM / 7 years ago

Islamist websites eulogise Sweden bomber

Police forensics experts examine the remains of a suspected suicide bomber in central Stockholm December 11, 2010. REUTERS/Fredrik Persson/Scanpix

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda linked-Islamist websites on Tuesday posted a poem praising a man named as Sweden’s first suicide bomber as a martyr and calling for the destruction of cities in Europe, the “mother of dogs”.

Middle Eastern-born Taymour Abdulwahab, who moved to Sweden from England with his wife and children in 1992, was killed in a blast in an apparent attempt to attack a Stockholm train station or department store after the explosive belt he was wearing went off prematurely, Swedish prosecutors said.

The 80-line poem, posted by web administrators, praised Abdulwahab as a martyr, describing him as part of a larger campaign against Europe, though the writer said he had never met the man.

“Abdulwahab, O beloved, I do not know him, yet when I saw his picture I adored him ... Get ready for punishment, woe to the debauched countries, from the curse of Taymour, and the anger of his companions who are brave as tigers.”

The poem, which threatened several European capitals including Paris and Berlin, was listed as a top news item on web forums such as Shumukh al-Islam and Al-Mojahden, which often post al Qaeda messages.

“Copenhagen’s judgment will be of indescribable severity, with great destruction,” he said, in what may have been a reference to a 2005 cartoon of Mohamed published in a Danish newspaper that sparked outrage across much of the Muslim world.

“Then we shall return to Stockholm, the capital of snow and beautiful meadows ... so say farewell to peace, talk is over, O Europe mother of dogs ... the time of punishment has come.”

The poet said the poem was encrypted, advising readers to “read between the lines until you break the code”. It did not give any indication what message might be hidden in the poem or by what form of code.

Writing by Erika Solomon; editing by Ralph Boulton

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