4 still seriously wounded after Stockholm attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 22:09
A former co-worker of Mr Akilov said he had never expressed any religious views and also said that the man he shared a flat with near Stockholm was said to be "devastated" to hear he may be responsible for the attack.
Thousands gathered in the spring sunshine on Sunday in Stockholm near the site of Friday's attack to show support for those killed or injured when a hijacked beer delivery truck hurtled down a busy shopping street before crashing into a store and catching fire.
Last month, Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old convert to Islam known to British security services, drove a auto at high speed into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before launching a knife attack on a policeman guarding the parliament building.
The suspect was arrested on Friday evening in Marsta, a suburb around 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Stockholm.
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A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "Stockholm Police have confirmed that a British man was killed during the attack in Stockholm".
The Swedish capital was slowly, but resolutely, regaining its normal rhythm as details about the 39-year-old suspect in the attack emerged.
"The bombings in Syria have to end", he allegedly said. But police commissioner Dan Eliasson said investigators were sure they had the truck driver, based on "discussions we've had with him".
The force have revealed the man was known to authorities some years ago but as "a more marginal character".
The Stockholm attack followed a string of similar assaults in Europe using vehicles.
A fire broke out Friday afternoon at the store after the truck smashed into its entrance on Stockholm's pedestrian Drottninggatan street.
The terrorist arrived in Sweden in June 2014 but was told in December 2016 he must leave the country within a month.
"It makes me frustrated", Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told Swedish news agency TT on Sunday.
Two Swedes and a Belgian also died in the attack, Swedish police have confirmed.
Our thoughts are with Bevington's family as well as all those who were killed and injured by this attack.
A second person has been detained over the attack, while police have questioned more than 500 people. Agency head Benedicte Bjornland said it was likely the youth had been inspired by recent attacks in Stockholm, France, Germany, Britain and Russian Federation.
Police held raids overnight to bring other people in for questioning as authorities investigated the deadliest attack in Stockholm in years.