Family leads tributes to Briton who was killed in Stockholm terror attack

Wood says she was waiting for a friend in a store a few doors away on Friday when the stolen beer truck was driven into the upscale Ahlens department store at about 3 p.m.

A British father who was killed in the Stockholm terror attack has been described as a "talented, compassionate and caring" person.

"Whilst this awful news is sinking in, our primary focus is on supporting the family and loved ones of Chris in any way we possibly can", added Ek.

He added: "Our thoughts are with them and all those affected at this bad time".

"We want to have an open society in Sweden", he said.

The suspected attacker, arrested on Friday, is a 39-year-old asylum seeker from Uzbekistan who had his application for residency rejected last year, according to Swedish police.

He was known to authorities some years ago but as "a more marginal character".

Detectives also said that five more people are being held in connection with Friday's attack and a total of 500 have been questioned.

Ten of the 15 victims injured in the attack are still being treated in hospital, four of whom remain in a serious condition. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the Stockholm attack - the third in Europe in two weeks, after a vehicle and knife assault outside London's parliament and the Saint Petersburg metro bombing.

"There are no words for how missed he will be or for how sad we all are to have lost him like this".

One child was injured but not seriously, a spokeswoman for Stockholm County Council confirmed. Police believe the Uzbek man is the one who drove the truck for the attack.

Papusa Ciuraru, whose foot was crushed by a boulder displaced by the speeding truck, told the Expressen daily "I thought everyone would run past me and save themselves". 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 store said it would reopen Monday "without any damaged goods".

A fire broke out Friday afternoon at the store after the truck smashed into its entrance on Stockholm's pedestrian 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.

Although it was a close call for Wood, she said she still feels Sweden is the safest to place to be in Europe.

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