Sweden identifies truck attack suspect as 39-year-old Uzbek native

Apr 12, 2017, 00:21
Sweden identifies truck attack suspect as 39-year-old Uzbek native

The Swedish department store that was rammed by a stolen beer truck, leaving four people dead and 15 injured in Stockholm, said it was sorry for announcing it was reopening Sunday to sell damaged goods at a "reduced price".

Last month, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, a man drove into a crowd on London's Westminster Bridge, killing three people and injuring many others before stabbing a policeman to death.

According to the Swedish TT news agency on Sunday, the suspect applied for a residence permit in Sweden in 2014. His application was rejected in June 2016 and authorities ordered him to leave the country in December. "In February 2017, the case was handed over to the police to carry out the order, since the person had gone underground", he said.

The prosecutor has until noon Tuesday to ask the court to detain the suspect, said Karin Rosander, spokeswoman for Sweden's prosecutor's office.

Hundreds of flower bouquets covered steps leading down to the square next to where the truck plowed into the Ahlens department store, with more piled up under boarded-up windows.

Friday's attack has deeply shocked the usually tranquil Scandinavian nation, which prides itself on its openness and tolerance.

On Sunday, people gathered in central Stockholm for a "Lovefest" vigil against terrorism, and laid flowers outside the Ahlens shop in tribute.

Mr Evenssen said police are holding five more people in connection with the deadly attack on Friday and have questioned over 500 others. Police said eight people remained hospitalized. "We are thinking about the victims - their families and friends - and those who were injured", he said.

The first suspect, who has not been named, was known to the security services and was arrested later on Friday.

They added that authorities had been seeking the 39-year-old suspect for deportation, adding that he had expressed interest in militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq.

Swedish police chief Dan Eliasson described him as a "marginal character" and confirmed officers had found a suspect device in the truck.

Authorities are calling the incident a terror attack, and the former prime minister Carl Bildt is comparing it to similar attacks in Europe over the past year.

"Today, all of Sweden is in mourning but we are going to get through this together", he said last Saturday. Four of them are in "serious condition", health authorities told AFP.

Footage has emerged showing the lorry used in the Stockholm terror attack hurtling down a pedestrianised street as shoppers run for cover.

One Briton, one Belgian, two Swedes killed in Stockholm attack, police have said.

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