Speaking during Almedalen Week, Anders Thornberg mentioned the figure following an interview last month in which he stated that extremists had soared from a couple of hundreds a few years ago to thousands.
Although “few extremists” have “the will and ability” to carry out attacks, they must be found and closely followed. “It’s important that everyone in Sweden takes responsibility to end this trend,” he said.
Thornberg said there are around 3,000 violent extremists in Sweden. Some 2,000 of those are believed to have Islamist motives, and the remaining originate from far-right and far-left movements.
A 2010 Säpo report estimated the number of violent Islamist extremists in the country at 200.
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