Family leads tributes to Briton who was killed in Stockholm terror attack

Violet Powell
April 17, 2017

A 39-year-old Uzbek man was arrested as the suspected driver.

Swedish police on Sunday confirmed the nationalities of the four people killed in a truck attack in central Stockholm on Friday.

Details around the suspected terrorist, a 39-year-old Uzbekistan man, have now been released with Swedish police revealing he was an asylum seeker who had his application rejected in June last year and was wanted for deportation by immigration officials.

This past February, the still unnamed man continued to evade authorities tasked that month in carrying out the order.

Nevertheless, police say Akilov was "sympathetic to extremist organizations", including the Islamic State.

A further 15 people were injured when the beer delivery truck barrelled down a busy shopping street before crashing into a department store and catching fire.

The four people killed on Friday were a British man, a Belgian woman and two Swedes. Last month, a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd in London, killing five people, only months after 12 were killed in Berlin when a truck rammed into a Christmas market in Berlin.

"Given the information that the Swedish Security Service has been providing in recent years, there are a couple of hundred people in Sweden who have the capability and the will to carry out these type of attacks", he said.

Authorities have reportedly questioned over 500 people and, in addition to the two arrests, have detained four other people in connection with the incident.

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Karin Rosander, spokeswoman for Sweden's prosecutors office, said that the second person arrested was "suspected of terror crimes through murder". Stockholm county spokesman Patrik Soderberg said four of the 10 were considered "seriously" injured and the remaining six, including the child, were slightly hurt. It is also a stark reminder of how hard it is for authorities to stop these types of attacks that are becoming increasingly common across the continet.

Meanwhile, a peace vigil attracted thousands of people in central Stockholm on Sunday afternoon.

As of Sunday, 10 of the 15 people wounded remained hospitalized, including one child.

Stockholm seemed to be returning to normal slowly Sunday.

"We are all devastated by the untimely and tragic death of our talented, compassionate and caring son Chris", the victim's father, John Bevington, said in a statement.

Many Swedes were back at work for the first time since the attack, while the department store into which the truck slammed had already reopened.

"They put Stockholm under lockdown quite quickly", Brun said in a phone interview. Agency head Benedicte Bjornland said it was likely the youth had been inspired by recent attacks in Stockholm, France, Germany, Britain and Russian Federation.

Speaking from her bed at the Saint Goran hospital in Stockholm, she said she "thought a war was going on" because "people around me were screaming".

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