British police searched a house in southeast England yesterday that is thought to be the home of an alleged suicide bomber who blew himself up in Stockholm on Saturday.
A police cordon surrounded the neat-looking terraced house in Luton, a town with a large immigrant population to the north of London where Taymour Abdel Wahab lived, apparently with a wife and three children.
An Islamist Web site called Shoumoukh al-Islam named him as the suicide attacker and published a photograph showing a man with stubble and wearing a jacket and white shirt.
British police said no arrests had been made and no “hazardous materials” had been found.
Press reports said neighbors last saw him at the house two weeks ago.
“I used to see him around often. He didn’t say much, but seemed nice. I used to see him walking with his kids,” said Tahir Hussain, 33, a taxi driver in the town. “I was shocked when I heard what happened because I never thought he could do such a thing.”
Wahab was reportedly born in Iraq before moving to Sweden in 1992. In 2001, he moved to Britain to study sports therapy at the University of Bedfordshire from 2001 to 2004, but had been working recently at a carpet shop.
Many reports said he had been in the process of looking for a second wife on an Internet dating site, describing himself as “very religious” and saying that he was considering moving to an Arabic-speaking country in the future.