Three Central Asians Charged in Sweden With Plotting Terror Crime

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) —

Three Central Asian men have been charged in Sweden along with three others with plotting to commit terrorist crimes as well as financing the Islamic State terror group, prosecutors said on Thursday.

“Three [of the suspects] acquired and stored large quantities of chemicals and other equipment in order to, among other things, kill and harm other people. If the terrorist crime had been carried out, it could have seriously hurt Sweden,” the Stockholm Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.

It said the six men were from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, both mainly Muslim, former Soviet republics.

Five are in Swedish custody while the sixth man was freed pending trial; all have denied wrongdoing, the statement said. Neither their public defenders nor the prosecutor were available for further comment.

In June, Rakhmat Akilov, an Uzbek asylum seeker in Sweden, was sentenced to life in prison for killing five people in Stockholm with a hijacked truck in 2017.

He stated during the trial that he wanted to punish Sweden for its part in the global fight against Islamic State, which has claimed a string of deadly attacks across western Europe since 2015.

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