Sweden arrests Uzbek man suspected of carrying out truck attack

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 21, 2017

"We have confirmed that he is a man, 39 years old, from Uzbekistan".

Police said yesterday that the suspect had sought and been denied permanent residency in the Nordic country, and was wanted for deportation.

Dan Eliason, head of Sweden's National Police, told a news conference Saturday that "there is nothing that tells us that we have the wrong person". "The Migration Agency rejected it in June 2016 and also decided that he was to be deported", Hysing said. "In February 2017, the case was handed over to the police to carry out the order, since the person had gone underground".

People lay flowers at a memorial ceremony at Sergels Torg plaza close to the point where a truck drove into a department store two days before.

Four people were killed and 15 were injured when the lorry crashed into the front of a department store.

An Uzbek man suspected of being the driver of the hijacked delivery truck was arrested several hours after the attack.

Jan Evensson of the Stockholm police said authorities have questioned more than 500 people in the investigation so far.

"Sweden is united", Stockholm resident Olsa Ekermann said to CNN. Paris' Eiffel Tower went dark for five minutes Friday to honor the victims of the attack.

On April 7th, at 14:53 in Sweden, an attack at the city centre of Stockholm sent hundreds of people running in fear. "But you never know, you never know (what can happen)", said Sankar Ramasuppu, a bank worker living in Stockholm.

"Sweden shall come out stronger from this, and we get through this together", she told the press and mourners gathered near the department store.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Another 10 people are being treated in hospital and four of them are in a serious condition.

Police said they were unable to confirm local television reports of explosives being found inside the truck.

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 global airport.

After identification, noon Saturday, it was announced that the girl was one of the four victims of the terrorist attack in central Stockholm.

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