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Sweden Truck Attack Suspect Admits To Terrorism

Sweden Truck Attack Suspect Admits To Terrorism

Rakhmat Akilov hijacked a beer truck and drove it into the Ahlens department store on Friday afternoon in Stockholm's busy shopping street.

Akilov, who entered the courtroom with a green jumper over his head before being seated between his lawyer and translator, was arrested just hours after the attack. He had gone underground after his application for Swedish residency was rejected previous year, police said.

Akilov's lawyer told a court on Tuesday that the suspect had confessed to terrorist crimes in connection with the attack.

The four people killed in the attack were two Swedes - one woman and an 11-year-old girl - a British man, and a Belgian woman. The others have not been publicly identified. Eight of those injured, two seriously, are still being treated in hospital. "We will get through this together", he said.

People gathered on Sergels square to pay their respects and leave flowers.

"It's been a real shock, all this week and everything around this weekend about this accident", Mr. Holmstrom said. "I know a lot of people that were really, really close to getting hit by the truck". "So, terrorists can never defeat Sweden, never", Lofven said.

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Justice Minister Morgan Johansson meanwhile told AFP he wants to beef up Sweden's anti-terror laws.

A nation of 10 million, Sweden took in 244,000 asylum seekers in 2014 and 2015, more per capita than any other country in Europe. The government responded by tightening border controls and curtailing some immigrant rights. At the date of the attack, he was being sought by officials for deportation.

Security services added that he had expressed sympathies with extremist organisations, including Isis.

The evidence against a second person arrested on suspicion of involvement in Friday's attacked turned out on Tuesday not to be strong enough for keeping him in detention.

"If we would have had knowledge, information, of course we would have acted differently".

Eriksson said it was important "to uphold democratic principles and that he gets the same defense as anyone else".


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