Stockholm Terrorist Was Ordered To Be Deported Shortly Before Attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 1:06
The Swedish department store that was rammed by a stolen beer truck, leaving four people dead and 15 injured in Stockholm, said it was sorry for announcing it was reopening Sunday to sell damaged goods at a "reduced price".
The motive for the attack has not been determined.
It was the third terror attack in Europe in two weeks, coming on the heels of assaults in London and St. Petersburg, although there has been no immediate claim of responsibility. "We won't comment any further on that", Swedish police spokesman Jonas Hysing said at a news conference, using an acronym for the Islamic State. He'd applied for a Visa in 2014 but was rejected in December of a year ago.
However, police said they were convinced that the suspect was the driver of the commandeered truck and might have acted alone.
However, in February 2017, the police was unable to enforce deportation order as the man was not at the address he registered.
Swedish police chief Dan Eliasson described the detained man as a "marginal character" and confirmed officers found a suspect device in the truck.
He worked as a director for music streaming service Spotify and was based in Stockholm with his family.
Investigators have remained tight-lipped but have said their suspicions have "strengthened" since his arrest.
The Belgian news agency Belga said the Belgian woman had been reported missing and was first identified by her identity papers and later by DNA testing.
Stockholm authorities said that ten of the injured people are still in hospital, and two of them are in intensive care. Following the attack, the local police arrested a 39-year-old Uzbek national living in Sweden, who had reportedly posted propaganda related to Daesh terrorist group on his Facebook page.
Swedish prosecutors yesterday arrested a second person in connection with the truck attack and were holding four other people.
Police have arrested a 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan and say they believe he deliberately drove the truck into shoppers.
"Today, all of Sweden is in mourning, but we're going to get through this together", he told reporters after laying a bouquet outside the Ahlens department store. Mr Hysing said "the evidence looks very strong" that the Uzbek man was the driver of the hijacked truck.
Several police cars parked near the scene were also covered in flowers by Swedes, who widely praised the emergency crews' speedy response to the attack.
A gaping hole in the wall of the store showed the force of the impact from the truck, which was removed overnight for examination by forensics experts, and dozens of people gathered to pay their respects and leave flowers, stunned by the attack.