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Peter Castro
April 20, 2017

More than 20,000 people stood united against terrorism Sunday at a "Lovefest" vigil in Stockholm, two days after a truck attack on a busy pedestrian street killed four people.

The suspected truck driver is a 39-year-old Islamic State sympathizer from Uzbekistan, according to local media reports.

A former co-worker of Akilov contacted by Reuters said Akilov had never expressed any religious views and also said that the man he shared a flat with near Stockholm was said to be "devastated" to hear Akilov may be responsible for the attack.

The individual has featured in previous intelligence reports from past year, Anders Thornberg, chief of the Security Service told the briefing. "We are now investigating its content", Dan Eliasson, chief of the Swedish Police said at a press conference on Saturday.

The victims of the terror attack were identified as two Swedes, a Belgian as well as the British citizen.

According to the Washington Post, Friday's attack marks the "first major apparent terrorist strike in Stockholm".

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The Swedish TT news agency said city officials planned to move thousands of flowers to a nearby square after an aluminum fence outside the department store threatened to collapse.

Following the attack, the Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven, said "everything indicates that this is a terrorist attack".

In all, Jan Evenssen of the Stockholm police said authorities have questioned over 500 people in the investigation so far. He is suspected of deliberately driving the beer delivery truck into crowds in the capital, killing four people and wounding 15. Stockholm county spokesman Patrik Soderberg said four of the 10 were considered "seriously" injured and the remaining six, including the child, were slightly hurt. The attacker reportedly hijacked the truck some blocks away beforehand.

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

Lofven, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman and other government members have praised the police and the emergency services for their swift response to the attack. There has been as yet no claim of responsibility for the Stockholm assault.

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