Stockholm attack: Man held on suspicion of terrorist crimes through murder

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

"Canada grieves with our Swedish friends in this hard time and we offer all possible assistance", the prime minister said in his statement on Friday.

His application for residency was rejected in June a year ago and he was being sought by immigration officials, police said.

Swedish police have brought in seven people for questioning over an apparent terror attack in which a hijacked delivery truck mowed down pedestrians in Stockholm, killing four people, authorities said on Sunday.

According to the AP, a spokesperson for the national police said the suspect is known to have "been sympathetic to extremist organizations".

"The Migration Agency rejected it in June 2016 and also decided that he was to be expelled", he added.

At least four of the 10 are considered to be "seriously" injured, said spokesman Patrik Soderberg.

Earlier: The Swedish truck attack suspect was an asylum seeker who had his application rejected, Stockholm police said.

Evensson said authorities had questioned over 500 people in the investigation so far. "On the contrary, the suspicions have strengthened", national police chief Dan Eliasson said on Saturday.

"Sweden is united", Stockholm resident Olsa Ekermann said to CNN.

An unamed police officer reportedly confirmed the attack to place to a journalist for the Daily Mail.

Police believed this man was the one driving the truck on Friday, the report said, quoting police source as saying that "the evidence looks very strong" that the Uzbek man was the driver of the hijacked truck.

Ten of the 15 people injured, including a child, are still being treated in hospital, with two adults in intensive care.

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says Swedes "must get through this".

After a manhunt was launched in pursuit of the attacker, the suspect was detained early Saturday morning in Marsta, located north of Stockholm and near the city's worldwide airport.

But police apparently never found the man. The incident was the fifth terrorist attack in Europe over the past year in which an assailant has used a vehicle to ram into a crowd of people.

On Sunday, several thousand people gathered at Stockholm's Sergel Square to remember the victims.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday's attack.

Other reports by VgToday

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