Trigger behind terror attack in Stockholm – Revenge after media hunt on radical muslims?

Torbjörn Sassersson 15 juni 2016 - Foto: Anna Böhlmark
Torbjörn Sassersson – Foto: A. Böhlmark

After the terror attack yesterday in the capital of Stockholm rendering a dozen of dead or hurt one core questions is why? What was the motive? One motive could simply be revenge following a serious media hunt on radical muslims between April 4 and April 7 in Swedish mainstream media.

By Torbjorn Sassersson, editor (the article is updated)

Three days before the terror attack in Stockholm on April 4 the Swedish channel TV4 Cold Facts broadcasted a very critical report targeting radical muslims and therefore also fundamental Islam in the northern area of Stockholm called Jarvafaltet. The area was built starting in the 1960:th to provide housing for immigrants. The area is by many regarded as a somewhat socially problematic area but there are also a cultural richness represented there.

Suspect behind terror attack Stockholm
Suspect of the terror attack in Stockholm. Source: Police, metro surveillance camera

Jarvafaltet includes parts such as: Tensta, Vallingby, Hasselby, Husby, Rinkeby, Hjulsta, Kista, Jarva, Akalla, Rissne och Barkarby. One apprehended suspect of the terror attack in Stockholm was found in Hjulsta. Another was taken in Marsta north of Stockholm. The man in Marsta came from Uzbekistan and lives in a suburb of Stockholm (so far undisclosed). He had posted propaganda for IS on his personal Facebook page states Swedish media outlets.

Media hunt on radical muslims

Jarvafaltet near Stockholm
Jarvafaltet near Stockholm – Approx. area – Click here to enlarge

From the 4:th to the 7:th of April Swedish mainstream media published some 45-50 articles – all critical of fundamental Islam in one way or another. The articles were focused around how women are harassed by muslim radicals in Jarvafaltet.

TV4 Cold Facts which started the media hunt pictured a grim situation of the lives of women in Jarvafaltet. Women are on a regular basis harassed if they wear thin clothes, make jokes, have a dog, drink wine on the porch or even if they are singels, all inappropriate according to the way of life of ortodox muslims. The articles – some very emotional – where published following up on the situation concerning these women.

It was clear in the report that radical muslims succeeded in scaring of most if not all women fighting for gender equality making some areas even more radical and thus less suitable for the western life style especially for women.

The woman that TV4 Cold Facts followed for several days said she finally left Hjulsta when radicals throw paving stones at her, big enough to kill her and her dog.

TV4 Cold Facts
TV4 Cold Facts (text translated by NewsVoice)

Some politicians and even the Prime Minister of Sweden expressed anger over how women are treated in Jarvafaltet by ortodox muslims, called self-declared ”morale police” by the media. Some politicians and political columnists even suggested to cut funding to a muslim organisation and closing down a certain school i Vallingby with a muslim principal who had sex segregated the education and the school buses.

This has never happened before. The tsunami of articles may have caused a ”response” from radical islamists or even jihadists this theory by NewsVoice suggests. Again, the media hunt targeting radical Islam has never before happened in Sweden. Here are some of the headlines found in the list of 45-50 articles.

“Secure the suburbs from the morale police”
“No morale police on our streets”
“Women can’t go out, use perfume or make jokes”
“Not a cent to those who calls women unclean”
“Lofven [Swedish PM] about the segregated school bus: Disgusting!”
“M politician: I get so angry I boil”
“Teaching 12 year old they end up in Hell – Gets government money”
“This suppression that spreads must end”
“Stop baby sit men who hates women”
“The civil society must mark against the morale police”
“Apartheid now in Sweden”
“Jan Björklund (ex Swedish vice PM): We need to change the law”
“Stop the islamist men-society”

Whether the terror attack in Stockholm on April 7 was instigated by the recent media hunt is unclear it is beyond doubt that the areas of Jarvafaltet contains of several culturally boiling pots controlled by locals rather then the Swedish police and the law.

The investigative journalist from the U.S. Tim Pool recently reported from Rinkeby where he was turned away by police due to the risk of his life. Pool stirred up emotions within the political establishment in Sweden when he reported that Rinkeby is just one of many no-go-zones in Sweden and that there are problems in Sweden. Now it seems like Stockholm is no longer safe. On April 7 our capital was surely a no-go-zone Big time.

By Torbjorn Sassersson, editor

Politicians and och political debaters express severe criticism against the “morale police” and fundamental Islam –  Articles posted April 4-7, 2017

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8 april 2017 kl 15:15

It’s a pity to see Newsvoice fall into destructive speculations of the level shown in main stream media. This kind of horrible incidents should be met with a heavy push for peace and understanding – not with wild speculations and rumours, cretaing even more hate. Let the police work and present the facts.

8 april 2017 kl 17:15

As said, I consider this “speculation game”, full of rumours, to be destructive. It doesn’t make things better that the speculations are shared by many; it makes things worse. Persons and groups are being setenced before anything is proved. We know the history of that. So let’s hope the police find the real culprits and the real motive. We don’t need to add fuel to the fire!

sten bjorsell
sten bjorsell
8 april 2017 kl 18:14

The reason that “revenge” is not far fetched is that Muslim values are much more focused on punishment than our values are or ever were. These values are indoctrinated into them from first schooling. Men differently to women, because men have a supreme status in this religion, meaning even that a raped woman can be blamed for being raped by men!
There also seems to be little room for reconciliation as in Christianity, instead limb cutting, stoning and worse. We Christians, if just by name or practising, are of course well below also Muslim women as we are “the infidels”, which may mean that we too must be punished if we disagree. To integrate people into our society they must first learn to respect that men and women have equal rights in our society, also learn to respect all our laws, which means they must ignore the laws in the land they came from, or go elsewhere. Public schooling in Sweden does not have religion as a belief subject any more. Today it is called “Religious History” and spans many religions, without indoctrination in any single one. People that accept that are welcome, as I see it, as we then get integration instead of segregation that lead to increased tensions due to different base value sets. “In Rome, one must do as the Romans”, apply to visitors and immigrants worldwide, as I see it.

8 april 2017 kl 18:56


I don’t agree that we are doing anything destructive here. People are merely trying to collect information that could be related to this event.

Collecting information of a crime is especially important during these first 48-72 hours after an incident.

8 april 2017 kl 19:37

So you are trying to suppress the discussion in english to, well well.

9 april 2017 kl 08:46

Mycket bra artikel vilket kan stämma. Men dessa element har fått komma in i landet utan att säpos kännedom i flera år. Det var bara en tidsfråga att detta skulle ske. Vi har glömt den första misslyckade självmordsbombaren i stockholm ett antal år sedan. Vi i Sverige har rätt att kritisera samhällsdestruktiva människor och det är på tiden att journalister gör sitt jobb konsekvens neutralt. Bra jobbat .

9 april 2017 kl 11:31

I am totally agree with you Trobjörn.

9 april 2017 kl 12:46

The link is not working and you get the message below.

The machine that serves this file is down. We’re working on it.
The machine that serves this file is down. We’re working on it. ”

First SÄPO moved their original post so the link went dead and then this. Kind of strange, don’t you think?

sten bjorsell
sten bjorsell
9 april 2017 kl 18:15

Med hjälp av tyngre betongsuggor (samtidigt soffor) som tvingar bilar att åka slalom kan attacker i hög fart på gågator elimineras och leveranser och uttryckningar kan fortsätta fungera. Halvmeterhöga räcken/stålrör mellan körbana och trottoar på andra ställen förhindrar både avsiktliga påkörningar som på Westminster bridge, och även ett fåtal oavsiktliga.
Med många små och billiga förändringar kan vi snabbt slippa åtminstone den här typen av attacker.

9 april 2017 kl 18:47

Sparade sidan den 6:e via och såg vid tillfället att den var sparad ytterligare en gång samma dag. Förövrigt så fanns vid tillfället ingen andra sidor sparade iht under 2017 från säkerhetspolisen. Dygnet efter fanns den dock inte längre fanns kvar på, vilket jag tyckte var kontigt. Noterade nu att den ändå finns kvar ‘live’..

9 april 2017 kl 20:05

Since we are speaking english I would like to share my thoughts in english.

Two things made my mind spinn in this video, where 5 persons rushes into a shop. Who started to film a monitor with a cellphone 20 seconds before this happens? Next question who is holding the door open until the last person comes inside? (This second question could as well just be a coincidence when the last person hits the door) But there is a kind of too perfect timing in this video in my opinion.

Newsvoice, you need to interview Ole Dammegård.

9 april 2017 kl 20:24

Oh, maybe he rewinded and recorded it. I just realized.

sten bjorsell
sten bjorsell
10 april 2017 kl 00:13

Hasse, It was a standard surveillance camera. Probably several more clips like this, looking at a shop entrance.

10 april 2017 kl 06:30

Kameran rör sig. Det kan därför inte ha varit affärens egen övervakningskamera som filmade detta.

10 april 2017 kl 15:34


He was probably filming the monitor of the surveillance system with a phone. This is the way many surveillance videos end on Internet.