Stockholm attack: suspect arrested for 'terrorist crime' after truck deaths

The suspect in the attack on Friday, a 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan who has been arrested, had been on authorities' radar but was dismissed as a "marginal character". "He has appeared in our intelligence gathering in the past", intelligence agency chief Anders Thornberg added.

The prosecutor has until noon Tuesday to ask the court to detain the suspect, said Karin Rosander, spokeswoman for Sweden's prosecutor's office.

Sweden's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister both laid flowers on Saturday at a memorial near the site where a hijacked beer truck rammed into pedestrians and into a department store.

Local authorities in the capital, where flags flew at half mast on buildings including the parliament and royal palace, said that six of those injured had been able to leave hospital, while eight adults and one child remained in hospital.

In a city flooded with police, many of them masked and carrying machine guns, a patrol had stopped the man because he had "behaved in a way that made him interesting", and he resembled the man in a photo issed by police shortly after the attack. Earlier, Karolinska Hospital had reported nine people were still in the hospital.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister called Prime Minister Lofven of Sweden today, to express her condolences and those of the British people for the bad attack that took place in Stockholm yesterday".

King Carl XVI Gustaf cut short his state visit to Brazil to return home immediately following news of the attack. Two of those were said to be in intensive care.

Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven has said that at least four people died while several more suffered injuries.

In London last month, a man in a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four, and then stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead by police.

The bloodshed also bore hallmarks of attacks seen in Nice and Berlin past year.

"We were standing by the traffic lights at Drottninggatan and then we heard some screaming and saw a truck coming", one witness said.

Pictures taken at the scene showed a large blue beer truck with a mangled undercarriage smashed into the Ahlens department store.

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, 39, was one of those laying down a bouquet, wiping tears from her cheek.

It has also raised the question of whether Swedish society, considered democratic and egalitarian, has failed to integrate its newcomers. "The images from the attack were awful", the paper said. "So terrorists can never defeat Sweden, never", he said.

He said: "Terrorists want us to be afraid, want us to change our behaviour, want us to not live our lives normally, but that is not what we're going to do". A fourth person, a woman thrown into the Thames by the force of the vehicle attack, died Thursday.

In February, US President Donald Trump cited a non-existent terror attack in Sweden, and blamed it on the country's asylum policy - baffling many Swedes.

Police closed Stockholm's Central Station on Friday and urged people to avoid the area around Sergels torg, a public square.

  • Julie Sanders