Stockholm attack: 'Suspect device' in Sweden crash lorry
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 4:55
Swedish police chief says authorities are confident they have detained the man who carried out a deadly truck attack in Stockholm on Friday.
Russian officials say the suicide bomber who attacked the St. Petersburg subway on April 3 was a native of Kyrgyzstan.
Swedish police chief Dan Eliasson described him as a "marginal character" and confirmed officers had found a suspect device in the truck.
"The person in question has been arrested as the culprit.in this case the driver", police spokesman Lars Bystrom said of the attack, adding that the authorities were not ruling out the possibility that he had accomplices, although only one person had been taken into custody.
The attack Friday in the heart of Sweden's capital killed four people and injured about 15 more.
Authorities also told reporters they are trying to determine whether a "technical device" found in the driver's seat of the stolen vehicle is an explosive.
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".
The man remains their principal suspect in the attack, which saw a hijacked lorry driven into the front of Ahlens department store on Drottninggatan (Queen Street), one of the city's main pedestrian thoroughfares. Police have said that he is known to security services.
"We received intelligence previous year, but we did not see any links to extremist circles", Sapo security police chief Anders Thornberg said.
Sweden's health service said 10 people were still hospitalized for wounds from the attack and four of them were seriously injured.
The IS also claimed responsibility for a truck attack that killed 86 people in Nice, France, in July 2016 during a Bastille Day festival, as well as another truck attack that killed 12 people at a Christmas market a year ago in Berlin.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday's attack. Earlier, Karolinska Hospital had reported nine people still in the hospital.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven urged citizens to "get through this" and strolled through the streets of the capital to chat with residents.
Bystrom declined to comment on Swedish media reports that the arrested person was a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan.
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.
The department store where the truck crashed into the building is a few blocks from the site of a 2010 bombing in Stockholm, the most recent terrorist attack in the country.
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.