Uzbekistan: Sweden Warned About Suspect in Truck Attack

Lucy Hill
April 14, 2017

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the suspect, Rakhmat Akilov, was an ethnic Tajik who while living in Sweden came under the influence of a Tajik Islamic State cell.

April 12, 2017- Suspected Stockholm truck attacker Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek and jihadist sympathiser, admitted on Tuesday to committing a "terrorist crime" by mowing down pedestrians on a busy street, killing four people and injuring 15 others.

Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the suspect in the Stockholm truck attack, an Uzbek citizen, had been investigated for having terrorist sympathies.

On Tuesday, the Stockholm District Court ruled that police may detain Akilov for one month, but Eriksson said his client could remain jailed as long as it takes to resolve the case.

A source told Reuters that Uzbek authorities had put him on a wanted list of extremist suspects in February. Following the incident, police arrested two men on suspicion of being involved in the deadly attack, with Akilov being one of them.

Police believe the 39-year-old was behind the wheel of the hijacked beer truck that ploughed into pedestrians on a busy street, before crashing into a department store in the Swedish capital last Friday.

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Just hours after the attack last Friday he was arrested.

Four people died in the carnage and 15 were wounded. Mr Bevington lived in Stockholm with his family and worked as a director with music streaming service Spotify.

Eight of those injured, two seriously, were still being treated in the hospital.

He had already been wanted by police for failing to comply with a deportation order after being denied permanent residency.

Akilov, a construction worker, had sought asylum in Sweden, but his application was rejected.

The Times also reports that the Swedish Security Service, Sapo, had warned in March that an attack by a lone terrorist was likely to happen in the country within the year.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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