Sweden mourns 4 killed, 15 wounded in Stockholm truck attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 21:50
He is alleged to have messaged an Isis supporter before and after the attack and confessed in the messages that he "ran over 10 people in the centre of Stockholm".
On Sunday police said they had found components in a bag in the truck that could be used to make a "dangerous device".
The 39-year-old suspect, who was said to have "showed sympathies" towards Islamic State, has been named by Swedish media as Rakhmat Akilov.
Akilov is suspected of killing four people and wounding 15 by crashing a stolen beer truck Friday into shoppers on pedestrian Drottninggatan street in downtown Stockholm.
The Uzbek was arrested several hours later.
The agency told him in December 2016 that he had four weeks to leave Sweden.
Police have also said the suspect was wanted for failing to comply with a deportation order after his application for residency was denied.
The truck after being moved from the wall of the Åhlens department store.
Only yards from the scene, thousands of people gathered in the Sergels Torg Square in a show of unity as heavily armed police stood guard and a police helicopter hovered overhead.
"We are all devastated by the untimely and tragic death of our talented, compassionate and caring son Chris", John Bevington, the victim's father, said in a statement.
"I am not afraid to go to the city".
According to reports, he had left a wife and four children behind in Uzbekistan in order to earn money to send home.
"I know it's a hard time, there is a lot going on within Swedish society and internationally".
His Facebook page - which has since been taken down - is linked to a number of extremists through friends and featured at least two propaganda videos linked to IS, one reportedly showing the aftermath of the Boston bombing.
Stefan Lofven said all of Sweden's thoughts were with them following a ceremony outside Stockholm City Hall, also attended by the mayor and most of the Swedish royal family.
"It's been a real shock, all this week and everything around this weekend about this accident", Holmstrom said. "There will be no compromises", he said.
The attack shattered any sense Swedes had of being insulated from the militant violence that has hit other parts of Europe, raising questions about whether - in a society that takes pride in tolerance and liberal values - the police and security services could have done more to prevent it.
The Ahlens store canceled a planned half-price sale of smoke-damaged goods and apologised after a storm of protest on social media that this would be disrespectful to the victims.