Swedish authorities say truck attack suspect held

Katrina Soto
April 11, 2017

"We know that he showed interest for extremist organizations like the 'Islamic State, '" said Swedish police chief Jonas Hysing.

A British man is among four people who were killed when a truck was driven into pedestrians in Stockholm.

Hysing explained: "The Migration Agency rejected it in June 2016 and also decided that he was to be expelled". Police said he had been ordered to leave Sweden in December because his request for a residence permit was rejected six months earlier.

The suspect ignored the notification and his case was transferred to the police to execute the deportation order, but the man "went underground".

Police said they were investigating the second suspect for a "terrorist crime [by committing] murder".

A truck rammed into people on a central Stockholm street before crashing into a department store on Friday, killing four and wounding 15 others.

The attacker drove the truck into an Ahlens department store at approximately 3 pm local time (9 am EST), after which the truck caught on fire.

Swedish police say they can not yet say how many people were killed or injured when a truck ran into a crowd in central Stockholm.

He said the four victims killed in the attack included one person from Britain, one from Belgium and two Swedes.

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"I just could not believe this sort of thing would happen, not here in Stockholm and Sweden", she said.

National Coordinator Against Violent Extremism Anna Carlstedt, who used to lead the Red Cross in Sweden, said Friday's attack and the background of the suspect posed "difficult questions".

Photos taken at the scene Friday showed the vehicle was a truck belonging to beer maker Spendrups, which said its truck had been hijacked earlier in the day.

On Sunday morning ten of the injured remained in hospital, two of them in intensive care, Stockholm, authorities told Reuters.

Police have arrested a 39-year-old Uzbek man who was known to the Swedish security services, but had no known links to extremist groups.

Belgian news agency Belga said the Belgian woman had been reported missing and was identified by her identity papers and later by DNA testing. The suspect was detained Friday in Marsta, a town about 30 minutes' drive north of Stockholm near the city's main worldwide airport.

Meanwhile, a vigil is taking place this afternoon in Stockholm for those who were killed in the lorry attack.

No terrorist group has claimed to be behind the attack.

The Ahlens store canceled a planned half-price sale of smoke-damaged goods yesterday and apologized to customers after a storm of protest on social media that such a step would be disrespectful to the attack victims.

Other reports by My Hot News

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