April 29, 2019
Stockholm residents have nothing to fear from Islamic State fighters, as they have returned from the Middle East to live peaceful, crime-free lives in Sweden — according to officials in the nation’s capital.
The capital’s anti-violent extremism co-ordinator, Christina Kiernan, made the claim that jihadists who had come back from Syria and Iraq were now living “orderly lives” following public anger over the government’s decision not to strip people who fought for radical Islamic terror groups of their Swedish passports.
“The IS returnees we have talked to so far have no known current crime, they have a job and an orderly life to the extent that we do not have knowledge of activities that can in any way scare anyone,” she insisted during an appearance on TV4 this week.
“So they are returning from this type of business and becoming caring, well-behaved citizens?” After Five presenter Tilde de Paula asked the Stockholm official to confirm.
“That is the experience of the people we have talked to,” Kiernan said, before admitting that “so far [this number] is only a few”.
Around half of the 300 militants the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) estimates left the Scandinavian country to fight in the Middle East are believed to have travelled back to Sweden, however a survey conducted in December revealed that local authorities had lost track of most of the returnees.
This article was posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 6:00 am