Stockholm Truck Attack Suspect Was a 'Rejected Asylum Seeker'

Frederick Owens
April 21, 2017

Carl Gustaf says the Scandinavian country has been "shaken by what happened", adding that the "concern people show each other demonstrates the power of our society". "But such a goal will never be achieved in Sweden". The king cut short a visit to Brazil on Friday to return home.

Akilov was detained on Friday night in a northern Stockholm suburb hours after police say he carried out the attack.

He said the security services are working with other nations' security agencies on the matter but declined to elaborate.

Meanwhile, the police confirmed Sunday that two Swedes, one Briton and one Belgian were killed in attack. According to the paper, Police commander Jonas Hysing said, "we do not know where they are, so we can not enforce expulsion".

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

People lay flowers at a memorial ceremony in Stockholm.

"Everything points to a terror attack", Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was quoted as telling reporters earlier in the day.

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Footage has emerged showing the lorry used in the Stockholm terror attack hurtling down a pedestrianised street as shoppers run for cover. Four people died, including the attacker.

The fence was put up to keep people away from the broken glass and twisted metal at the attack site, and to allow forensic experts and police to gather evidence. Karolinska Hospital said that six of the injured had been released.

On Friday, the 39-year-old is alleged to have barrelled a stolen beer truck several hundred metres (yards) down the bustling pedestrian street Drottninggatan in the heart of Stockholm.

Swedish media today identified the main suspect in the Stockholm truck attack as Rakhmat Akilov, an Uzbek construction worker and father-of-four who went underground to avoid being deported from Sweden.

At least four of the 10 are considered to be "seriously" injured, said spokesman Patrik Soderberg.

"Canada grieves with our Swedish friends in this hard time and we offer all possible assistance", the prime minister said in his statement on Friday.

"I am urging the public to be vigilant and keep updating the police", Lofven said.

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