Migrant Praised as 'Successful Example of Integration' Arrested For Terrorism
Possible terrorist motive to the migrant's actions
An Uzbek migrant has been arrested in Sweden this week on suspicion of terrorism, despite previously being praised as an example of 'successful integration.'
The man, who is said to be in his 30s, had previously been deported from the country and is also a citizen of Kazakhstan.
Reports say he was driving near the Stortorget square in Östersund when he was pulled over by armed police and arrested with investigators finding items in his car believed to for a potential murder, according to Nyheter Idag.
The Swedish security police Sapo and the prosecutor’s office then correlated a possible terrorist motive to the migrant's actions.
According to witnesses, the man had been driving strangely but said he did not appear threatening.
One witness said they assumed the man was being arrested for being intoxicated while driving.
The migrant had previously been deported from Sweden in 2016, but was back in the country on a temporary residency permit, according to newspaper Expressen.
He had initially come to Sweden in 2012 claiming asylum after his family had been threatened because his father had prosecuted a mafia boss.
But he later admitted the story was a fabrication.
A friend of the man, who had come to Sweden with him, claimed:
“They’re a fantastic family. They wanted to become Swedes properly, live as we do.”
Nyheter Idag reported that a local newspaper praised the man and his family for their integration into Swedish society.
The article identified the suspect as Dilshod Usmanov, and said he and his wife had learned Swedish and acquired jobs as healthcare assistants.
The man also told investigators that he had felt threatened to carry out an attack.
Prosecutor Henrik Olin aid there was likely another person involved.
The is also more speculation amongst Swedish media that the Uzbek national may have links to Stockholm terror attacker Rahkmat Akilov.
Prosecutor Olin refused to comment on the claim.
The news comes a week after a Syrian migrant who was smuggled into Sweden by aj journalist working for the country's broadcaster before being touted as 'a model of integration,' but was sentenced in court for knife crimes.