Stockholm attack suspect was facing deportation
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 0:30
The suspected driver of the truck attack has been identified only as a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan who had shown interest in extremist groups and who was facing deportation after his residency permit application was denied. In February his case was handed to police to deport him after he had failed to leave the country.
Police have described the suspect as an Islamic State group sympathiser who had gone underground in Sweden after his residency permit application was rejected a year ago.
As of Sunday, 10 of the 15 people wounded in the truck attack in the Swedish capital remained hospitalized, including one child.
THIS is the face of the man suspected of driving the truck that smashed through crowds, killing four in Stockholm.
Swedish police have arrested a 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan and say they believe he deliberately drove a stolen beer truck Friday into shoppers in Stockholm, killing four people and wounding 15.
"Seven people have been brought in for questioning as a result of these events", Jonas Hysing, national head of police operations, told public broadcaster SVT, after several raids on addresses around Stockholm over the weekend.
He had previously turned up in information gathered by Swedish security services: "He was a marginal character", national police chief Dan Eliasson said.
"A person suspected of terrorist offenses by murder has been arrested", spokeswoman Karin Rosander said on Sunday. Stockholm county spokesman Patrik Soderberg said four of the 10 were considered "seriously" injured and the remaining six, including the child, were slightly hurt.
The assault, in a city known for its tolerance and openness, came after the Swedish Security Service, or SAPO, warned in March in its annual security report that a terrorist acting alone was likely to attack somewhere in the country within a year.
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven lays flowers at a fence near the department store Ahlens following a suspected terror attack in central Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Speaking from her hospital bed, she said she "thought a war was going on" because "people around me were screaming".
"We are all devastated by the untimely and tragic death of our talented, compassionate and caring son Chris", the victim's father, John Bevington, said in a statement. It was quickly put out.
Stockholm was returning to normality on a bright Sunday morning with police barricades taken down along the Drottninggatan street where the attack took place.
Daniel Holl, a 31-year-old German researcher living in Sweden, said he joined the rally to make a stand for unity among nations hit by attacks in recent years.