Passenger arrested at Swedish airport over suspected explosives smuggling

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A suspected bomber was arrested at a Swedish airport Thursday after law enforcement suspected him of attempting to smuggle a ‘Mother of Satan’ explosive device onto a plane.

A Mother of Satan explosive is a homemade bomb that amateur terrorists can make at home using ingredients anyone can buy on Amazon.

Security officials at Göteborg Landvetter Airport caught the man, a German national in his early twenties, Thursday morning trying to board a flight bound for an EU country.

Part of the airport was immediately shut down as officials assessed the device, which the man brought through security on the conveyor belt. Photos published by local media show the suspected “bomb” in a container next to the white hoodie the man was wearing.

The man was being held in Gothenburg and had denied all charges to this point. His lawyer reported that he was “feeling good.”

Later Friday, it was reported that he had been released from custody and was no longer a suspect.

“The suspicious objects have been analysed during the day and the man is no longer suspected of any crimes,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement Friday.

Landvetter operates flights to London Gatwick, Stanstead, Heathrow, and Cambridge as well as dozens of other major European cities.

Mother of Satan explosives have been used before in European terrorist events. They were responsible for the Parson’s Green bombing in London last month, and also in the Manchester arena attack that left 22 dead.

 

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