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Arsonists destroy Swedish emporiums

ARSONISTS destroyed three supermarkets in a city south of Stockholm and tried to attack a fourth in what may be an anti-American attack, Swedish police said yesterday.

Spokeswoman Kia Samrell said police have no suspect in the fires but are investigating an anti-American group.

Samrell said more than 100 firefighters were called in to put out the fires at supermarkets in Sodertalje. Three of the stores were destroyed while the fourth was not damaged. No one was injured.

The fires were in two large branches of Willys and smaller Ica and Tempo stores. The supermarkets are all Swedish but sell American goods.

Samrell said a group called Global Intifada has previously urged people to set fire to stores selling American goods and claimed responsibility for smaller fires at other stores in Sodertalje - dubbed "Little Baghdad" after accepting nearly 6,000 Iraqi refugees.

According to the security police Website, Global Intifada also claimed responsibility for 2005 arson attacks on vehicles from the embassies of Denmark and Russia - who are involved in the Iraq war.


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