In an interview with national broadcaster Sveriges Radio, one of the participants of the meeting said that the Security Service seems like it is trying to make teachers the law enforcement’s “eyes and ears” among young Muslims, a claim that was hastily denied by Security Service spokesman Fredrik Milder.
“There is absolutely no requirement to report [to the police] when it comes to this. One is free to have any opinion,” Milder told Sveriges Radio, clarifying that the aim of the meeting was to educate teachers and principals. The Security Service refrained from passing comment on whether similar meetings have been held or will take place in other Swedish cities.
Meanwhile, a Swedish national who recently returned home after fighting in Syria stated that more terrorist attacks such as the one on French magazine Charlie Hebdo would take place in Europe. "Those who play with fire will get burned," the man, who insisted on anonymity, said in an interview with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
According the Swedish Security Service’s latest estimates, up to 300 people, the most among Nordic countries, may have traveled from Sweden to support extremist groups such as the Islamic State. Some 80 Swedes have reportedly returned home after fighting in the Middle East.