Sweden Attack Suspect Had Been Ordered To Leave Country

Pieters added that "I'm shocked after each attack, but when you put a face on a victim and personally know her parents, it's even worse".

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the Stockholm attack - the third in Europe in two weeks, coming on the heels of the auto and knife assault outside London's parliament and the Saint Petersburg metro bombing.

The Uzbek suspect had been due to be deported from Sweden after his residency application was rejected previous year.

His application for residency was rejected in June past year and he was being sought by immigration officials, police said. Police say the suspect had been ordered to leave the country and expressed extremist sympathies.

"Police have arrested a person and we have appointed a public defender", Helga Hullmann, judge at the Stockholm District Court said.

A 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan has been detained, with police saying they are cofident he was the lorry driver.

Mr Bevington lived in Stockholm with his family and worked as a director with music streaming service Spotify.

Belgian news agency Belga said the Belgian woman had been reported missing and was identified by her identity papers and later by DNA testing.

"I know it's a hard time, there is a lot going on within Swedish society and internationally".

The local authority in charge of monitoring those injured in the attack said that out of the 15 injured, 10 remain in hospitals, including a child.

On Friday, the 39-year-old is alleged to have barrelled a stolen beer truck several hundred metres (yards) down the bustling pedestrian street Drottninggatan in the heart of Stockholm.

"Seven people have been brought in for questioning as a result of these events", Jonas Hysing, national head of police operations, told reporters, after several raids on addresses around Stockholm over the weekend.

Norwegian police said Sunday they had destroyed a crude "bomb-like" device - described as having the capacity to cause only limited damage -in the capital Oslo, and made one arrest.

"Sweden shall come out stronger from this, and we get through this together", she told the press and mourners gathered near the department store.

Investigators have remained tight-lipped but have said their suspicions have "strengthened" since his arrest.

A handout photo from police of the suspect.


Following the rampage Sweden's prime minister Stefan Lofven said "everything indicates that this is a terrorist attack" and later vowed he would not give in to attempts to destroy democracy.

Elsewhere on Sunday, thousands gathered on the major tourist and shopping street where Friday's attack occurred, killing four and injuring fifteen others.

  • Salvatore Jensen