When I first saw this story overnight the only source for it was the Arab edition of Russia Today. It isn’t in the Swedish edition of The Local. But overnight I have had confirmation from people in Scandinavia that it is true and that the Swedish newspapers are reporting it. From the Express and the Daily Mail who are the first English newspapers to carry it.
Police in Sweden are investigating chilling letters posted through letterboxes across the country threatening to behead people unless they convert to Islam.
The notes, which are signed ISIS and carry the terrorist organisation’s flag, threaten to decapitate ‘non-believers’ unless they become a Muslim or pay a religious tax.
They have been distributed among several cities including Stockholm and warn ‘the police will not save you from being murdered’.
Translated, the notes said: ‘In the name of Allah, the merciful, full of grace. You who are not believers will be decapitated in three days in your own house. We will bomb your rotten corpses afterwards.
‘You must choose between these three choices: 1. Convert to Islam. 2. Pay the jizya [religious tax] for protection. 3. Or else, you will be decapitated.
‘The police will not prevent or save you from you being murdered. (Death comes to all of you).’
Swedish police said they were posted through residents’ doors in a number of cities including Ronneby, Sigtuna, Västerås and the capital Stockholm, earlier this week. .. with officers on patrol in the latter over the weekend to ensure no one acted on them.
Swedish radio stations reported police were investigating the new threats and comparing them to previous warnings of violence. Emil Andersson, police chief in Sigtuna, around 30 miles north of Stockholm, told Radio Uppland the threat was being taken seriously and officers were increasing security measures.
He added the Swedish intelligence agency was also involved in the investigation and examining the symbols and language used in the letters
An image of the chilling message was posted on Facebook by one of the recipients.
Local news outlets reported two Muslim asylum seekers of Iraqi origin – one in Ronneby and one in Vstroes – were amongst the recipients of the cruel letter.