Wife of Stockholm suicide bomber arrested in UK

DAVID STRINGER - Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — The wife of a suicide bomber who targeted Christmas shoppers in Stockholm has been arrested by British police on suspicion of helping to prepare for the attack.

Taimour Abdulwahab, an Iraqi-born Swede who studied at a British university, killed himself and injured two others when he detonated explosives in a crowded shopping street in December.

British police confirmed Wednesday they had arrested a woman at a house in Luton on Tuesday — the city where Abdulwahab lived with his wife and three children. Officers also searched two properties in the city, about 34 miles (55km) north of London.

Asked if Mona Thwany, the 28-year-old wife of Abdulwahab, was arrested, police read a statement confirming a 28-year-old woman had been detained.

Police said the woman was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday and questioned at a central London police station on suspicion of carrying out preparatory acts for a terrorist attack.

The offense — which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment — covers actions such as gathering equipment or information, attempting to assemble explosives, or helping someone to carry out other work which could assist a planned terrorist attack.

Police said the woman was released on bail and would return for further questioning by officers in mid-November.

In an interview with Britain's now defunct News of The World tabloid in January, Thwany denied any knowledge of her husband's plans. "He never revealed his secret side to me," she was quoted as telling the newspaper.

Her father, Ali Thwany, has also previously denounced his son-in-law, branding him "a rogue person bent on crimes and disillusioned by an unknown group," in a letter sent to media organizations following the attack.

In March, another suspected accomplice was arrested in Britain. Ezedden Khalid Ahmed Al Khaledi, 30, has faced a Scottish court charged with raising funds for terrorism and aiding Abdulwahab's attack.

Al Khaledi, whose nationality is not known, also faces immigration and fraud charges and did not enter any plea during the hearing.