Far-right Swedish politician 'steps down over virulent anti-Islam posts'

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A local politician stands accused of saying he would go to a mosque with a 'fully loaded vest'

Policemen stand outside a mosque in Uppsala on 2 January 2015 following a fire-bomb attack (AFP)
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A local politician for the far-right Sweden Democrats has taken a temporary break from politics after allegedly threatening to carry out a suicide bombing against a mosque, local media reported on Thursday.

According to an anti-racist site called "Not racist but...", Lennart Karlsson, a municipal councillor from the southern town of Habo, wrote virulently Islamophobic comments under a pseudonym on various websites.

"I'm going to go to a mosque myself with a fully-loaded vest," he is alleged to have written under the pseudonym UNObserver.

Karlsson has admitted that the pseudonym was his, but claimed his account was hacked.

Swedish public radio SR reported that a regional Sweden Democrats meeting had late Wednesday accepted Karlsson's decision to "take a time out" from politics, and his case was transferred to the party's national offices.

Speaking to the Jonkopings Posten daily on Tuesday, Karlsson said he believed there were different human races with different genetic predispositions to kindness and intelligence.

Under the pseudonym, Karlsson also allegedly wrote that while serving in a UN mission, he had helped lock "vandalising Muslims" inside a church that they had apparently set alight and let them burn.

Earlier this year, a Swedish man was jailed for three years for an arson attack on a mosque in the country's south-west, with the court ruling that the act was racially-motivated.