Stockholm truck attack: Uzbek suspect an asylum seeker facing deportation, police say
Apr 21 2017
According to the Swedish newspaper Expressen the little girl was returning home when she fell victim to the 39-year old Uzbek.
The suspect in the Stockholm truck attack was known to have expressed sympathies with extremist groups, including the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The 39-year-old suspect in the Stockholm attack "showed interest for extremist organisations like IS", police chief Jonas Hysing said.
He added: "In December 2016, he was informed by the Migration Agency that he had four weeks to leave the country".
The suspect ignored the notification and his case was transferred to the police to execute the deportation order, but the man "went underground".
Under sunny spring skies, crowds thronged the Sergels Torg plaza, a stone's throw from where a stolen truck mowed down strolling shoppers before slamming into the facade of the bustling Ahlens department store on Friday afternoon. Earlier the authorities said seven people had been brought in for questioning.
No further information was provided about the raids but Hysing said "the evidence looks very strong" that the Uzbek man was the driver of the truck, which had been hijacked, Reuters reported.
Lars Bystrom, a spokesman for the regional police, said earlier Saturday, "We have one person in custody, and we think he is the driver of the truck".
After a manhunt was launched in pursuit of the attacker, the suspect was detained early Saturday morning in Marsta, located north of Stockholm and near the city's worldwide airport. It said two were in intensive care, four were seriously injured but the one child was not seriously hurt.
"Firstly, to those of you who today are mourning a loss or are anxious about someone who is injured, I want you to know that Sweden is by your side", said Lofven.
More as we get it.
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.
On April 7th, at 14:53 in Sweden, an attack at the city centre of Stockholm sent hundreds of people running in fear. The Briton killed in the attack has been named as Chris Bevington, 41, who had lived in Stockholm for 10 years.