Stockholm suspect was IS sympathizer

Frederick Owens
April 21, 2017

The Stockholm truck attack suspect has confessed to a "terrorist crime", his lawyer said at a court hearing in the Swedish capital. Three others were killed and 15 were injured in the attack, which police believe was carried out by a 38-year-old from Uzbekistan who was refused residency.

A man detained in connection with a deadly terrorist attack in Stockholm last week has admitted the crime, the accused's lawyer said on Tuesday.

Court papers have identified the terrorist who killed four people by driving a stolen beer truck down a busy Stockholm shopping street as an Uzbek who had been ordered to leave the country.

Earlier Monday, some gathered outside the Ahlens department store, among them John Holmstrom, an employee who said he'd been at work just two hours before the attack.

National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson said that police had also discovered a suspect device inside the truck which was driven into the department store, stating that the technical device was found in the driver's seat.

Security officials in neighboring Norway, where a 17-year-old asylum-seeker from Russian Federation was detained early Sunday in connection with an explosive device found near a busy subway station, spoke of the alarming potential for a copycat effect.

Police say Akilov has expressed sympathies with extremist organisations.

"Police have arrested a person and we have appointed a public defender", Helga Hullmann, judge at the Stockholm District Court said.

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The country of 10 million people took in 244,000 asylum seekers in 2014 and 2015, the highest per capita in Europe.

Sweden held a nationwide minute of silence for the victims on Monday, one Briton, a Belgian, and two Swedes, including an 11-year-old girl.

"We have a good relationship and we are working together in this case", Eriksson said on Tuesday.

"If people who are here seeking asylum and treat us like this, it is not good", Holm said.

Among the victims was British man Chris Bevington, 41.

People left flowers on the steps at Sergels Torg on Sunday following the terror attack in central Stockholm.

Intelligence agency Sapo has said the Akilov had appeared on their radar past year for undisclosed reasons, but national police commissioner Dan Eliasson said "there was nothing in the system that indicated (the suspect) would do something like what he did on Friday".

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