Stockholm truck attack suspect 'confessed to terrorist crime'

The other arrested accused is no longer a suspect in the attack that killed four people, according to BBC.

The four people killed were two Swedes, a Belgian woman, and a British man.

"Akilov confesses to a terrorist crime and accepts his custody detention", his lawyer Johan Eriksson told a court custody hearing in Stockholm aimed at determining whether he should remain in custody before facing trial.

Eight of the 15 people injured, two seriously, are still being treated in the hospital.

Akilov's application for permanent residency in Sweden had been rejected past year, after which, police said, he had gone underground.

The Uzbek construction worker had an asylum request rejected by Sweden previous year and was arrested several hours after the attack, in the Stockholm suburb of Marsta.

On Monday, Akilov's request for his state-appointed lawyer to be replaced with a Sunni Muslim was denied.

However, unlike similar vehicle attacks in Berlin, Nice, and London however, IS has not claimed the incident. Akilov was arrested just hours after the truck attack on the highest level of suspicion in the Swedish legal system.

He was known to have expressed sympathy for groups including so-called Islamic State (IS), but had been seen only as a "marginal character", police said. The judge chose to remand the suspect into custody until May 11, unless prosecutors ask for an extension while they build the case.

A nation of 10 million, Sweden took in 244,000 asylum seekers in 2014 and 2015, more per capita than any other country in Europe.

Justice Minister Morgan Johansson meanwhile told AFP he wants to beef up Sweden's anti-terror laws.

Police would not confirm whether he had confessed, but Mr Eliasson said investigators were sure they had the truck driver, based on "discussions we've had with him".

"It is with shock and a heavy heart that I can confirm that Chris Bevington from our Spotify team lost his life in Friday's senseless attack on Stockholm", company founder Daniel Ek said in a post on Facebook.

The judge then ordered the hearing to proceed behind closed doors.

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