Sweden mulls 'open door' policies after truck massacre
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 18:08
In London last month, a man in a auto ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four, and then stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead by police.
The crash was near the site of a December 2010 attack in which Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen who lived in Britain, detonated a suicide bomb, killing himself and injuring two others.
Authorities added that they had arrested a second suspect and questioned more than 500 people in the investigation so far.
Four people were killed and 15 injured in yesterday's horrific incident.
Hundreds of flower bouquets covered steps leading down to the square next to where the truck ploughed into the Ahlens department store, with more piled up under boarded-up windows.
The attack in Stockholm joins a growing pattern of vehicles being used to launch attacks on pedestrians.
A man arrested in Märsta, north of Stockholm, later on Friday is believed to be the driver of the lorry after being found "behaving suspiciously with minor injuries".
"But no one has been put into custody or arrested" beside man from Uzbekistan.
Thousands of people have come to the site, including the prime minister and members of Sweden's royal family, to lay flowers and light candles in memory of the truck attack victims.
Sweden will not be cowed by "these heinous murderers", Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday after a truck attack in Stockholm killed four.
"An attack on any of our member states is an attack on us all", said European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker.
"Then it drove into a pillar at (department store) Ahlens City, where the hood started burning".
It said its motivation "was born out of the idea of standing up for transparency and not allowing evil forces take control of our lives".
The Uzbek, detained on Friday night on suspicion of terrorist offences, appeared to have acted alone but police could not rule out that more people were involved, national police chief Dan Eliasson told reporters on Saturday.
"It's very simple. Things like this will always happen in an open society", Eklund said.
A fire broke out Friday afternoon at the store after the truck smashed into shoppers at its entrance on Drottninggatan street.
Swedish media are reporting overnight police raids to bring people in for questioning as authorities investigate the deadliest attack in Stockholm in years. Police had earlier circulated an image of a man wearing a grey hoodie after the Drottninggatan (Queen Street) attack using a hijacked beer truck.
The crowds gathered in Stockholm built a wall of flowers on the fence put up to keep them away from broken glass and twisted metal.