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Three on Trial for ISIS Terror Plot

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People gather at a makeshift memorial to commemorate the victims of a terror attack near the site where a truck drove into Ahlens department store in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 10, 2017. (Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP / Getty Images)
People gather at a makeshift memorial to commemorate the victims of a terror attack near the site where a truck drove into Ahlens department store in Stockholm, Sweden, in April, 2017. (Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP / Getty Images)

The trial began January 7 of six people accused of financing Islamic State, with three of them facing the additional charge of being behind an ISIS terror plot in Sweden.

Prosecutors say three of the accused obtained chemicals for making explosives, walkie-talkies and other materials.

The six defendants hail from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan but now live in Sweden. They were arrested following a raid in 2018 in Stromsund, several hundred miles north of Stockholm.

One of the six is believed to have been in contact with Rakhmat Akilov, who killed five people when he drove his vehicle down a pedestrianized street in the Swedish capital. Following that attack, Sweden’s premier vowed the country would not give in to terror:

“Terrorists want us to be afraid, want us to change our behaviour, want us to not live our lives normally, but that is what we’re going to do,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a statement. “Terrorists can never defeat Sweden, never.”

Sweden has been a focus of Islamists for some time, both politically and for those who are more disposed to violence, with dozens of districts defined by some as no-go zones.

 

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