Facebook profile. He lived in Tranås, Jönköping.
This is where the car which exploded yesterday was registered to him, and the Swedish newspaper Expressen reports that the car owner has been confirmed as the suicide bomber.
This was the first ever suicide bombing on Swedish soil - but he is the seventh Swedish citizen to become a suicide bomber, and apparently the third to actually succeed in detonating himself.
As I wrote earlier, he was 28, born in Baghdad, moved to Sweden in 1992 and in 2001 he moved to the United Kingdom to study. It seems he graduated from the University of Bedfordshire in 2004 with a Bsc in Sport Therapy.
Here is his profile at a Muslim dating site - he was looking to take a second wife:
DN.se has further information (translated by Esther from Islam in Europe):
I was born in Baghdad, Iraq. We moved to Sweden in 1992. I moved to UK 2001 to study. I have Bacholar degree in physical therapy. Iam married sence 2004 and have 2 girls. One is 3.6 and the second is 1.6 years old. I want to get married again, and would like to have a BIG family. My wife agreed to this. Iam looking for a practecing muslim, sunni, love children and wants to please Allah before me. Ecenomically, am ok. I cant say am rich, but alhamdolillah not poor. When I have extra money I give for the needy. Which aswell is importat that you not going to mind that.
In the future, am looking for to move to a arabic country and settle down there...Hope you are a strong beliver and striving for jannah, if you are. Get in touch please, wsalamo alekom
"Looking for a practecing girl, to join a lovely family and make it bigger. Looking for someone to accept the deen of Allah as it is and dont have anything against to be second wife. Looking for someone to accept the deen of Allah as it is and dont have anything to Be Against second wife. I will Inshallah be equal to both in everything. I Will Inshallah pray EqualLogic bothering to enter everything. As the prophet SAW sed, merry them for their religion, family, money and beauty. As The prophet SAW practice, merry Them for Their religion, family, money and beauty. I'am looking mostely for religion… If you have one or more of what the prophet recomend, please get in touch. I'am looking for mostely religion ... If You Have one or more of What the prophet recomendar, please get in touch.
JazAllah Kher "
The police assume that the attacker detonated the car, which was filled with gas canisters, in order to attract police and emergency personnel.Esther also has further information on his Facebook activities:
A witness named Pascal told DN.se that he heard the explosion and saw smoke coming from Bryggargatan street. He ran 30 meters down the road and around the corner and saw a badly injured 26-26 year old man lying on his back.
Pascal is a trained medic and tried to save the man: "When I arrived he heaved his chest a few times, but had no pulse. I removed a Palestinian scarf from his face to free his airways and attempted CPR, but it was too late."
Pascal says the man was seriously wounded in his stomach. Next to him he saw a two-meter pipe and a shoulder bag. It looked as though something exploded in his stomach. He had no injuries to his face or elsewhere in his body, and the shop windows around him were whole.
Pascal: "My first thought was that the man was a terrorist."
Expressen reports that police suspect the bomber blew up too early. He was heading for a street filled with Christmas shoppers. Police are now looking for a person seen talking to the bomber just before he exploded.
Aftonbladet reports that the suicide bomber signed the email (SE) sent just minutes before the explosion with his own name, whilst the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet reports that the name on the email is indeed the car owner's name.
The "Islamic Caliphate State" and al-Qaeda ideologue Sheikh Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi are listed as his favourites, and he's posted clips from Chechnya and Iraq.The email he sent to the Swedish News Agency (TT) and SAPO ten minutes before the attack is still being analysed:
"Not satisfied with developments in Sweden" - it seems Mr Goransson has an almost British knack for understatement.
The email, which was sent to the country's security service and the TT news agency, called for "mujahideen" - or Islamist fighters - to rise up in Sweden and Europe, promising Swedes would "die like our brothers and sisters".
It also attacked the country for caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed drawn by Swedish artist Lars Vilks.
"The mail was about one man," police spokesman Ulf Goransson told a press conference on Sunday.
"He was not satisfied with developments in Sweden regarding [the fact] that we have military troops in other countries, that there had been protests and that there have been said bad things about the Prophet [Mohammed].
"But we are still analysing this email so it's too early to say anything more."
One of the most controversial cartoons by Lars Vilks featured Mohammed with the body of a dog.
Meanwhile, the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt took to Twitter to express his thoughts:
Tweeting about the blasts, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said a terrorist attack that could have been "truly catastrophic" had failed.Well, they didn't fail as such, did they Mr Bildt? Two large explosions were caused and two people were injured.
The only saving grace is that a dodgy connecting wire meant that five of the pipe bombs the jihadist was carrying failed to detonate.
What has failed are the policies of the Swedish government, who wanted to smear anyone who questioned their immigration policy and warned of an event like this as a Nazi.
Just think of how bad this could have been. Witnesses said if he'd got a couple of yards further, there would have been a massacre, and if all the bombs had detonated there would have been unimaginable carnage.
The Telegraph also reports on the email which was sent before the attack:
Yeah - and as long as you keep inviting the holy warriors in to live amongst you on welfare benefits, no doubt.
Swedish news agency TT reported that it had received messages about 10 minutes before the first blast in Arabic and Swedish, warning of unspecified "action."
"Our acts will speak for themselves," TT quoted the message as saying. "Now your children, your daughters and your sisters will die as our brothers, our sisters and our children are dying."
The message referred to the Swedish military presence in Afghanistan as part of the US-led international security force, TT added.
Punitive actions would continue "as long as you do not stop your war against Islam, your degradation of the Prophet and your stupid support for the pig Vilks," said the statement.
The excellent Danish blog Snaphanen has a couple more photos of the bomber, including a very gruesome one of his body.
They also posted the following video of the explosion.
memorial page on Facebook dedicated to the memory of Taimour Abdulwahab, with 246 supporters so far. It's also noted that, had he lived, Abdulwahab would have been 29 today (he was born on the 12/12/1981).
Although Politiskt Inkorrekt reports that some mainstream imams in Sweden have condemned the attacks and attempted to distance Abdulwahab's actions from Islamic theology, many Muslims disagree with their interpretation of the faith:
The man who set off a suicide bomb at Drottninggatan in Stockholm is hailed in God's name.
"God bless you" writes a poster.
On the forum in which martyrs and suicide bombing attacks are discussed, Abdulwahab's attack in Stockholm is widely praised.At the forum Shamikh writes a post:
"In the name of God. Two explosions occurred in Stockholm, which killed one and wounded two others. Praise Allah. Praise all, show gratitude to Allah. "
"Oh god, victory for Muhajideen, in your way, anywhere."
"It is a wonderful time. Sweden currently under pressure from three directions. Jihad for soldiers in Afghanistan and the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. China's anger over the Peace Prize. From the mobs of Wikileaks supporters because of the arrest of Assange. "
Several argued that the attack was carried out in the name of God.
There is also a longer report on the background of the suicide bomber - and his background and connection to Britain have made the British MSM, in the guise of the Daily Mail.
The article notes that this man, one of the countless invaluable immigrants advanced European countries apparently cannot live without, was working on the street where he died - wearing a sandwich board advertising a fish and chip shop.
Despite having a degree from the University of Bedfordshire, the standard of his written English can be seen in his dating site advert at the top of this page, which perhaps explains his career choice.
Politiskt Inkorrekt also has a Swedish-language transcript of the audio file Abdulwahab emailed to the TT and SAPO, and I have translated it as best I can:
In Arabic: In the merciful God's name. Prayer and peace to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him: In God the merciful Father's Name.
In Swedish: Very short and broad message to Sweden and Swedish people. Thanks to Lars Vilks and his paintings of the Prophet Muhammad (in Arabic), peace be upon him (in Swedish) and your soldiers in Afghanistan and your silence on all this so your children, daughters, brothers and sisters will die like our brothers and sisters and children die.
Now the Islamic State had complied with what they have promised you. We are now here in Europe and in Sweden, we are a reality, not imaginary, more, I would not say on this. Our actions will speak for themselves. As long as you do not stop your war against Islam and degrading to the Prophet (in Arabic), peace be upon him (in Swedish) and your stupid support for the pig Vilks. And to all Muslims in Sweden, I say: stop sucking up and humiliating yourself for a degrading life far away from Islam. Help your brothers and sisters, and fear no one and nothing, only the God that you worship.
And to my family, try to forgive me. I could not sit and watch as all the injustice done against Islam and Prophet Muhammad (in Arabic), peace be upon him, (in Swedish) when the pig Vilks did what he did. Sorry for my lies. I never went to the Middle East to work or earn money, I went there for jihad. I hope you can understand me at some point. I could never have told all this to you or anyone else. My dear wife and children, I love you. I love you, my lady. My love for you was never a lie. Forgive me when I'm not telling you something. Kiss the kids from me. Tell them that daddy loves them, will always love them.
In the end, I greet all the mujahedeen, do not forget me in your prayers. Pray for me. Pray for me to succeed here in Sweden where the Muslims are so degraded that they are asking for non-Muslims in their mosques. And in the end and all the mujahideen in Europe and in Sweden: it is now time to turn to action, wait no longer. Come up with whatever you can even if it is a knife and I know you have more than one knife to come by. Fear not, fear not a prison, do not fear death.
In Arabic: I say my words and I ask God to forgive me and forgive you. Brothers. The faithful. "