First Victim of Friday Stockholm Attack Identified as 11-Year-Old Girl
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 17:49
Prosecutors said the suspect had not spoken, and there was no immediate word of any criminal charges.
Swedish police say they can not yet say how many people were killed or injured when a truck ran into a crowd in central Stockholm. "We have no doubts that we have detained the right person", Swedish police chief Dan Eliasson told reporters.
But police said they were ever more convinced that the Uzbek man was the driver of the commandeered truck and may have acted alone.
Mr Lofven said Monday would be a day of mourning in Sweden, with a minute of silence at noon.
Peng Wu, 35, a postgraduate student from NY who moved to Stockholm in late 2013, was leaving a coffee shop near the shopping center when he saw people rushing toward him, many of them crying and in shock. "Everything indicates this is a terror attack".
"Our message will always be clear: you will not defeat us, you will not govern our lives, you will never, ever win", Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told a news conference.
The statement said the two leaders agreed on the importance of working together to tackle these threats.
Swedish police are urging people to avoid central Stockholm around the downtown Sergels Torg square, and Swedish news agency TT says subway traffic has been shut down in the area. The incident was the fifth terrorist attack in Europe over the past year in which an assailant has used a vehicle to ram into a crowd of people.
Visiting the site of the attack at the upscale Athlens department store, Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria laid roses on the ground and wiped away a tear. By Saturday morning, six people had been released, she said.
Fifteen people, two of whom were children, were injured in the attack and were taken to hospital.
The man suspected of carrying out the Stockholm terror attack was known to security services, police have said.
On Saturday, people placed flowers outside the department store in Stockholm where the attack occurred as a memorial to the victims.
"Yes, it is correct, it is likely him", police spokesman Lars Bystrom told The Associated Press. The first, believed to be the driver of the stolen truck that careened down a pedestrian street and crashed into a mall, is described as a 39-year-old from Uzbekistan.
Swedish police have confirmed they discovered a suspect device inside the lorry which was driven into a Stockholm department store on Saturday.
The man has been formally accused "of terrorist offenses by murder" and is expected to appear at a pre-trial custody hearing before midday Tuesday, by which time he must be charged, or freed.