Second suspect arrested over Stockholm truck attack

20 April, 2017, 13:55 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Bystanders flee the scene of the attack

Thousand of people gathered at Stockholm's Sergel Square on Sunday to remember the victims.

A fire broke out on Friday afternoon at the store after the truck smashed into its entrance on Stockholm's pedestrian Drottninggatan street.

The attack shattered any sense Swedes had of being insulated from the militant violence that has hit other parts of Europe, raising questions about whether the police and security services could have done more to prevent it.

He said there were clear similarities with the deadly terrorist attack in London last month, in which a British-born man used a vehicle to mow down a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge before he was shot and killed by police.

"Sweden has been attacked". "I feel an enormous sorrow and emptiness", she told reporters. We must fight against this. "This is my city, and it feels unreal that this has happened", she said.

"Fear shall not reign".

City mayor Karin Wanngard told the crowds: "Terror can not win. instead we shall think of the kindness and openness that characterises our city".

Flags flew at half-mast at public buildings across Stockholm. "That is a strength that no one can take away from us".

Prosecutor Hans Ihrman said the suspect has not yet spoken to authorities and could not confirm whether he was a legal resident of Sweden.

Police had been looking for him since the Nordic country's Migration Agency in December gave him four weeks to leave the country.

Sweden's police chief Dan Eliason said officers found something in the stolen beer truck that "could be a bomb" or an incendiary device, but said they were still investigating. Another man was arrested later for having associations with the Uzbek man. "He partied and drank", one of his friends said.

Investigators have remained tight-lipped but have said their suspicions have "strengthened" since his arrest.

The fourth victim was only known to be a Swedish national.

A further 15 were injured. A spokesperson for regional police told the New York Times that they believed the man to be the truck driver.

He had also expressed sympathies for extremist Islamist groups, said the head of Sweden's national police.

Explosives are said to have been found in the back of the beer truck that he hijacked from popular Swedish beermaker Sprendrups.

The Stockholm attack is the latest in a series of deadly rampages involving vehicles that have struck European cities over the previous year - Nice in southern France in July, Berlin in December and London last month.

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