Sweden says truck attack suspect is Uzbek-born
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 8:35
The 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan was arrested in a northern Stockholm suburb on "suspicion of terrorist crime".
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 awful attack that took place in Stockholm yesterday".
Lofven said Monday would be a day of mourning in Sweden.
"It is very hard if it is a single individual who is not part of a wider conspiracy or a more organized planning", Thornberg, head of the Sapo security police, told Swedish radio.
One brutal attack by a man who drove a stolen truck into shoppers in Stockholm has brought Sweden's open-door immigration policies under increased scrutiny - and raised the question if Swedish society, considered democratic and egalitarian, has failed to integrate its newcomers.
"We received intelligence past year, but we did not see any links to extremist circles", Sapo security police chief Anders Thornberg said.
United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May talked to Löfven to express her condolences for the attack that took place in Stockholm.
Prosecutor Hans Ihrman said the suspect has not yet spoken to authorities and could not confirm whether he was a legal resident of Sweden.
Earlier, the prosecutor said the suspect was being held for "terrorist offenses by murder", and would face a pre-trial custody hearing before midday Tuesday or be released.
"We have confirmed that he is a man, 39 years old, from Uzbekistan".
Officials have confirmed the previously released casualty figures - four dead and 15 injured.
A concrete traffic stopper called "Stockholmslejon" lays on its side outside the cordoned off area next to the department store Ahlens following a suspected terror attack on the Drottninggatan Street in central Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday April 8, 2017.
Mr Eliasson said police also found an object on the driver's seat of the truck that "could be a bomb or an incendiary object, we are still investigating it". "We must show a huge force, we must go against this", she told reporters.
In an editorial, Sweden's biggest broadsheet Dagens Nyheter wrote: "What we feared for a long time finally happened".
"She was clear that the United Kingdom stands firmly by Sweden's side, and they agreed on the importance of working together to tackle these threats, which we all continue to face".
The truck crash appeared to be the latest attack in Europe using a vehicle. He "may have connections" to the attack, police said, but provided no details.
SVT said the bomb may have partly exploded, burning the driver, who escaped in the ensuing chaos after mowing through crowds and ramming into the Ahlens department store.
Authorities say 10 people remain in hospital, four of whom are seriously injured.
The attack might have long-term consequences as the authorities "cannot rule out that there are people who can be inspired by this", said Jonas Hysing from Sweden's National Tactical Council (NTR). Six people died in total.
"He never talked politics or religion", the friend said.
"Terrorists want us to be afraid, to not live our lives normally", he said.
Speaking to ANI, Indian Ambassador to Sweden Monika Mohta, said, "I heard loud noises and saw two people lying on the street". The attack was the first major apparent terrorist strike in Stockholm, a peaceful city set among peninsulas and islands near the Baltic Sea.