Person of interest in Stockholm attack: a young, hooded man

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Police wished to talk to this man – a suspect matching his description was later arrested

The suspect behind the Stockholm truck assault had been going through deportation and had extremist sympathies, Swedish police say.

The 39-year-old Uzbek man is suspected of getting pushed a truck right into a division retailer within the metropolis on Friday.

His utility for residency was rejected in June final yr and he was being sought by immigration officers, police mentioned.

In the meantime, a second suspect has been positioned beneath formal arrest.

Reuters information company mentioned it was on “a decrease diploma of suspicion” than the primary suspect.

The primary suspect had been given 4 weeks to depart the nation in December 2016, police chief Jonas Hysing advised a press convention. The suspect then disappeared, and police started trying to find him, Mr Hysing added.

4 persons are confirmed to have died within the assault – two Swedish nationals, a Briton and a Belgian, however police haven’t launched their identities. One other 15 individuals had been injured.

The truck, hijacked from a beer firm, was pushed into Ahlens division retailer within the capital on Friday afternoon.

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A whole bunch of individuals have gathered for a vigil towards terrorism in Stockholm

The primary suspect, who has not been named, was recognized to the safety providers and was arrested in a while Friday.

He had been seen solely as a “marginal character”, Nationwide Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson mentioned.

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Sweden has taken in almost 200,000 refugees and migrants in recent times – extra per capita than some other European nation.

Nonetheless, there was a drop in numbers final yr after the nation launched new border checks.

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Individually, Sweden is believed to have the highest number of Islamic State group fighters per capita in Europe.

About 140 of the 300 who went to Syria and Iraq have since returned, leaving the authorities to grapple with how greatest to reintegrate them into society.

1000’s of individuals have gathered in central Stockholm for a “Lovefest” vigil towards terrorism, and have laid flowers outdoors the Ahlens store in tribute.