Swedish police still confident holds the right man for Stockholm truck attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 3:23
The White House says U.S. President Donald Trump has called Sweden's prime minister to extend his condolences over the fatal truck attack.
He is accused of barrelling a stolen beer truck down a busy pedestrian street on Friday afternoon, mowing down shoppers before smashing into the facade of the Ahlens department store. The BBC reported that Bevington, who was British, lived in Stockholm with his family, including two children.
Police are continuing their investigation into the main suspect, identified as a 39-year-old Uzbek who went underground when he received a deportation order after his permanent residency application was rejected last year.
Chris Bevington was based in the company's Stockholm office and was the director of global partnerships and business development, according to his LinkedIn page.
The victims' home countries suffered "horrendous acts of terrorism, but we have also seen the strength and determination and power of our democratic societies", Lofven said.
Police are holding five more people in connection with the deadly attack on Friday and have questioned over 500 others.
"A wonderful husband, son, father, brother and close friend to many".
Flags flew at half mast in Stockholm on Monday, April 10, after a minute's silence attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and other dignitaries.
He added: "There are no words for how missed he will be or for how sad we all are to have lost him like this".
Addressing victims' families, Mr Lofven said: "You are not alone, we are thinking of you".
Swedish police said that the man was known to have had extremist sympathies.
On Sunday, around 50,000 people gathered in Stockholm's Sergel Torg plaza for a vigil to stand united against terrorism.
Police chief Dan Eliasson said he is "very confident" the suspect carried out the attack, in which 15 people were also injured.
A second suspect was arrested, Stockholm district court judge Helga Hullman told AFP - but refused disclose if there were any links to Akilov.