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Expert: Sweden Has Become a 'Base' for International Radical Islamic Extremist Networks

Expert: Sweden Has Become a 'Base' for International Radical Islamic Extremist Networks

Swedish researcher Peder Hyllengren of the Swedish Defence College has claimed that Sweden has become a hub of international Islamic extremism and that hundreds of Swedish residents have built up a vast network of jihadi contacts.

Hyllengren claimed that jihadi networks have been allowed to operate in Sweden for at least a decade and that Swedish lawmakers have been lagging on proper legislation to deal with the problem, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

According to the researcher, Swedish residents have been in contact with Islamic terrorists like Mohamed Belkaid who was shot during a raid in Brussels by police who were searching for terrorist Salah Abdeslam who had participated in the 2015 Paris Bataclan massacre.

Islamic extremism has seen a dramatic increase over the last decade according to the Swedish security service (Säpo).

Last year Säpo chief Anders Thornberg blamed mass migration for the increase of radicals saying: “This is the ‘new normal’ … It is a historic challenge that extremist circles are growing.”

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