Stockholm suspect was failed asylum-seeker; 2nd man arrested
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 15:31
A 39-year-old Uzbek man was arrested earlier as the suspected driver of the truck that rammed into crowds in the Swedish capital on Friday. His application was rejected in June 2016 and authorities ordered him to leave the country in December.
Police official Jonas Hysing told a news conference: "We know that he showed sympathies for extremist organisations, among them IS".
Sweden's prosecution authority said a second person had been arrested on suspicion of having committed a terrorist offence through murder, but police said they were more convinced than ever that the Uzbek man was the driver of the truck.
The local authority in charge of monitoring those injured in the attack said that out of the 15 injured, 10 remain in hospitals, including a child.
The man is suspected of speeding a stolen beer truck several hundred metres down the bustling pedestrian street Drottninggatan in the heart of Stockholm.
One of the wounded, an 83-year-old Romanian woman who was begging on the city's pedestrian Drottninggatan shopping street when the attack took place, said she was "surprised" that passersby helped her.
"We must show a huge force, we must go against this", she told reporters.
Six people were taken into custody for interrogation on between Saturday and Sunday in several areas across Stockholm, police said, without adding further details.
Anders Thornberg, head of the Swedish security agency, said the suspect has appeared in our intelligence gathering in the past.
Thousands of people were to gather in central Stockholm on Sunday for a "Lovefest" vigil against terrorism.
Police in Stockholm on Saturday.
The assault, in a city known for its tolerance and openness, came after the Swedish Security Service, or SAPO, warned in March in its annual security report that a terrorist acting alone was likely to attack somewhere in the country within a year.
In a statement, his father John Bevington said the family was "devastated by the untimely and tragic death of [their] talented, compassionate and caring son".
A homemade bomb placed in a bag was found in the truck, which was suspected to have failed to be detonated during the attack, Swedish Television (SVT) reported Saturday, quoting sources.
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 the police and security services could have done more to prevent it.
"It's very simple. Things like this will always happen in an open society", Eklund said.
The truck, hijacked from a beer company, was driven into Ahlens department store in the capital on Friday afternoon.