'Suspect device' found in Stockholm attack vehicle, police say
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 7:33
A man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses after the Stockholm truck attack is from the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan and was known to intelligence services, Swedish authorities said.
A driver rammed a hijacked truck into a crowd in Swedish capital Stockholm on Friday, killing four people and injuring a dozen.
The individual has featured in previous intelligence reports from a year ago, Anders Thornberg, chief of the Security Service told the briefing.
Police were increasingly confident they had detained the driver of the truck that ploughed down a busy shopping street and smashed through a store front in the heart of the capital on Friday, but did not name him.
An undisclosed source had alerted authorities that he posed a potential security risk, said Dan Eliasson, the head of Sweden's national police.
Ihrman said the man should have a pre-trial hearing on whether he will remain in custody before the middle of the day Tuesday or be released.
"Terrorists want us to be afraid, want us to change our behaviour, want us to not live our lives normally, but that is what we're going to do", Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in response to the attack. "People were screaming and running in all directions", said Brandon Sekitto, who was in his vehicle nearby."(The truck) drove straight into the Ahlens entrance". "I feel an enormous sorrow and emptiness", she told reporters.
"We will stand with the Swedish side to safeguard stability and security of the two countries and the world at large", the spokesperson said.
Juncker also said "an attack on any of our (EU) member states is an attack on us all" and that Sweden can count on European Union help.
"Sweden has made some mistakes, and something needs to be done to assimilate the immigrants better", Eklund said.
"But such a goal will never be achieved in Sweden", he said.
Filippa Engvall said: "A lorry drove onto a pedestrian street, Drottninggatan, in the centre of Stockholm".
Armed police patrol outside the central station in Stockholm.
The latest outrage inflicted on the continent came just two weeks after similar tactics were used to attack London, when Muslim convert Khalid Masood drove into crowds on Westminster Bridge.
Abdulwahab had rigged a auto with explosives in the hope the blast would drive people to Drottninggatan - the street hit Friday - where he would set off devices strapped to his chest and back.