Stockholm attack: Rakhmat Akilov has confessed, says lawyer

Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan accused of killing four people in Stockholm last week by driving a hijacked truck into a crowd of people, has admitted committing an act of terrorism, according to his lawyer.

Rakhmat Akilov, the suspect in a deadly truck ramming in central Stockholm Friday "confesses to a terrorist crime", his lawyer said Tuesday.

Four people were killed and 15 others injured.

"His position is that he admits to a terrorist crime and accepts therefore that he will be detained", said lawyer Johan Eriksson.

Jan Evensson, of Stockholm police, told a news conference on Sunday that the 39 year old suspect's request was rejected in June 2016 but police could not find him for deportation because he was not at the address he had given.

Akilov, an Uzbek citizen, was arrested in northern Stockholm on Friday, five hours after the terror attack in a busy shopping street of the city. More than 500 people had been interviewed, police said, adding that the main suspect had allegedly expressed sympathy for jihadi organisations.

Akilov, who was known to intelligence services, had applied for residency in Sweden in 2014 but his application was rejected in December previous year, according to police.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who led a nationwide minute of silence for the victims yesterday, said he was "frustrated" by the problem, while far-right Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson called it a "huge scandal".

"We will never let terror prevail", Ms Wanngard said.

"Sweden will never go back to the [mass migration] we had in autumn 2015, never", Lofven said Saturday.

The truck, which belonged to a beer truck, was stolen as it made a delivery nearby, according to the company that owned it.

Eliasson would not say how long the suspect had been living in Sweden.

"If people who are here seeking asylum and treat us like this, it is not good", Holm said.

The prosecutor's office said Tuesday that it will revoke the arrest of a second man police had detained Sunday because they suspected he was involved in the case.

Hector said: "They had posted on Facebook, "pray for Stockholm" and there have been a lot of prayers going on".

  • Salvatore Jensen