Uzbekistan Says Had Warned West About Stockholm Attack Suspect

Police vans block the street outside Stockholm District Court as 39-year-old Uzbekistan national Rakhmat Akilov prime suspect in Friday's truck attack appears at a remand hearing in the court Tuesday

An 11-year-old girl was one of the four people killed when a truck rammed into a crowd in Stockholm, her parents said, while Russian media reported Wednesday that the main suspect in the attack had been wanted in Uzbekistan.

"According to the information that we have, he actively urged his compatriots to travel to Syria in order to fight at Islamic State's side", Kamilov said, adding that Akilov had used online messaging services.

According to the source, Akilov attempted to cross Turkey's border with Syria in 2015 but was detained, then deported back to Sweden.

Reports this week said Uzbekistan had opened a criminal case against Akilov for extremist connections.

Rakhmat Akilov is accused of being the driver of a truck which killed four people in Stockholm on April 7th.

The Stockholm District Court ruled earlier Tuesday that police may detain Rakhmat Akilov for a month.


The Swedish police identified the alleged perpetrator as a rejected asylum seeker and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) sympathizer. Fifteen were injured. Eight people remain in hospital, including two in intensive care.

Witnesses say the truck drove straight into the entrance of the Ahlens Department Store on Drottninggatan, the city's biggest pedestrian street, sending shoppers screaming and running.

Swedish police spokesman Jonas Hysing said in a news conference earlier this week that Akilov had been denied permanent residency in the Nordic country and was wanted for deportation before the attack. His lawyer, Johan Eriksson, told the court that his client had admitted to the crime.

Police have since revealed the 39-year-old has been living in the Scandinavian country since at least 2014 - but a security source said he had tried to leave.

The prosecutor's office said Tuesday that "the suspicions have weakened" against a second man who was detained Sunday as a possible accomplice.

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