Swedish police say truck attack suspect showed ISIS sympathies

The truck rammed into a Swedish department store

An Uzbek man suspected of ramming a truck into a crowd in Stockholm, killing four people, had expressed sympathy for Islamic State and was wanted for failing to comply with a deportation order.

At a press conference on Sunday they said he was sympathetic to extremist groups and had been sought by authorities for deportation.

Hysing added that two Swedes, one Briton and a Belgian were killed in the attack.

A woman handed out roses to two police officers guarding the square: "thank you", she said and smiled.

Police are holding a 39-year-old Uzbek man who they believe was the driver of the hijacked beer truck that crashed into a department store, leaving death in its wake.

Police have also confirmed that a second person has been arrested in connection with the Stockholm terror attack.

The vehicle mowed down shoppers before slamming into the facade of the busy Ahlens department store.

"Seven people have been brought in for questioning as a result of these events", Jonas Hysing, national head of police operations, told public broadcaster SVT, after several raids were conducted across Stockholm over the weekend.

A carpet of flowers, candles and stuffed toys on Sunday covered the steps of a Stockholm shopping plaza where up to 50,000 people gathered for a vigil honouring the victims of last week's truck attack.


"It makes me frustrated", Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told Swedish news agency TT on Sunday. "Terror can not win", Stockholm mayor Karin Wanngard said. The explosives had originally been in the glove compartment, this report originally released by local Swedish media.

Ten of the 15 people wounded in the truck attack remained in hospital yesterday, including one child.

A British father who was killed in the Stockholm terror attack has been described as a "talented, compassionate and caring" person.

In all, Evensson said authorities have questioned over 500 people in the investigation so far.

Since 2010, when Taimour Abdulwahabal-Abdaly, a disaffected Iraqi Swede, blew himself up on a side street just yards from where Friday's attack took place, the threat level in Sweden has been 3 on a scale of 5, where 3 indicates the possibility of an attack and 5 represents the most serious threat.

The first suspect, a 39-year-old man from the central Asian nation of Uzbekistan, was known to intelligence services before he was arrested on Friday.

Husam Kranda, a Libyan living in Sweden for the past five years and now working as translator, was among the multi-ethnic gathering which underlined Stockholm's cosmopolitan inhabitants.

The department store that was rammed by the truck apologized Sunday for an announcement that it would reopen two days after the deadly attack to sell damaged goods at a "reduced price".

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