Second suspect arrested over Stockholm truck attack: court

Cheryl Sanders
April 9, 2017

The man resurfaced on Friday [Saturday morning NZ Time], when authorities say he killed four people and injured 15 others during a rampage that ended when the beer delivery truck he was steering slammed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm.

"We still can not rule out that more people are involved", said Dan Eliasson, head of Sweden's national police, at a news conference.

"We have investigated several people this evening, who we found interesting in one way or another, and recently we arrested someone we are very interested in", said police investigator Jan Evensson.

The lorry was left partially embedded in the store after the attack, which killed four people and wounded 15 others.

A vigil against terrorism is to be held this afternoon in central Stockholm, as Swedish police pursue their investigation into this week's deadly truck attack.

But Eliasson said there was "nothing to indicate we have the wrong person".

"We will stand with the Swedish side to safeguard stability and security of the two countries and the world at large", the spokesperson said.

Swedish prosecutors Hans Ihrman confirms that the suspect detained over Friday's deadly truck attack is a 39-year-old Uzbekistan-born man.

The area affected by the attack remains cordoned off, while Swedish people and top officials come to the barricades to lay flowers and light candles, commemorating the victims.

The Uzbek man was arrested several hours after the incident.

Officers were unable to find the 39-year-old from Uzbekistan when they were sent to arrest him in February.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and Crown Princess Victoria were among those to visit the site.

A spokesman for the Ahlens department store apologised "for a bad decision" in a statement on its Facebook page.

One child was injured but not seriously, a spokeswoman for Stockholm County Council confirmed.

He said: "She was clear that the United Kingdom stands firmly by Sweden's side, and they agreed on the importance of working together to tackle these threats, which we all continue to face", he said.

Soderberg said Sunday that "an important task" for caregivers is to continue giving "long-term psychological support to those who need it" after the attack that killed four people Friday.

He said he stayed in the bus a bit longer, before taking shelter in a clothing store on Kungsgatan.

The beer truck, stolen earlier on Friday, mowed down pedestrians along Drottninggatan, a busy pedestrian shopping street. It was quickly put out.

A Swedish prosecutor and police officials did not identify the suspect, but Anders Thornberg, the head of the Swedish Security Service, said the man had been on the authorities' radar some time ago.

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