Swedish police say truck attack suspect showed IS sympathies

Cheryl Sanders
April 9, 2017

Police said he was an asylum seeker who had his residence application rejected and was wanted for deportation.

"There is nothing to indicate that we have arrested the wrong person", National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson said.

Sweden's SAPO security police said they were working to find "any abetter or network involved in the attack".

The family of an 11-year-old Swedish girl have meanwhile confirmed she was one of the four people killed in the attack.

The Aftonbladet newspaper and Swedish radio reported that the suspect is a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan.

A Downing Street spokesman said she had called Mr Lofven "to express her condolences and those of the British people for the awful attack that took place in Stockholm".

Thousands are expected to hold a moment's silence at 2.53pm, the time the attack happened two days ago. The attack targeted our society at its most vulnerable - when we are going about our daily lives.

Flowers and candles are placed around stone lions near the department store Ahlens following a suspected terror attack in central Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Police spokesman Lars Bystrom told The Associated Press: "Yes, it is correct, it is likely him". A "suspect device" was found inside the truck.

Bloody tyre tracks showed the path of the truck, which was stolen by a masked hijacker while it was making a beer delivery to a tapas bar farther up Drottninggatan, Stockholm's largest shopping street.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack in Nice, France, in July 2016, when a truck killed 86 people, and a truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin in December that killed 12.

Four people died and 15 were injured, according to police.

Police said they were still at a preliminary stage in the inquiry and they were trying to build up a profile of the arrested mans behaviour and to see if he was part of a wider cell.

The incident comes on the heels of several similar attacks in Europe - a man rammed his vehicle into a crowd in London near Parliament in March, killing five people.

It also called on Kuwaiti patients in Sweden to avoid public and crowded areas, refrain from using public transportation and abide by instructions issued by the Swedish security authorities.

Not everyone agreed. Visiting the crash site, Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria laid roses on the ground Saturday and wiped away a tear.

Stockholm police official Jan Evensson announces the nationalities of the Stockholm truck attack victims.

The vehicle mowed down shoppers before slamming into the facade of the busy Ahlens department store.

A gaping hole in the wall of the store showed the force of the impact from the truck, which was removed overnight for examination by forensics experts, and people gathered to pay their respects and leave flowers.

"Maybe something good will come of this", Inger Morstedt, 75, told AFP, expressing hope that her fellow Swedes would become "even more open and welcoming".

In February U.S. President Donald Trump falsely suggested there had been an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, to the bafflement of Swedes. Police spokeswoman Towe Hagg says people have been injured but she would not confirm the deaths.

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