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Suspect in Custody Following Attack in Sweden

21 April 2017, 03:14 | Erica Roy

People leaving flowers on the steps on Sergels Torg following Friday's terror attack in central Stockholm

People leaving flowers on the steps on Sergels Torg following Friday

"An attack on any of our member states is an attack on us all", said European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker.

The suspect in the truck attack that killed four people in Stockholm, Sweden's capital, was sympathetic to extremist groups, including the Islamic State, police said Sunday. "We won't comment any further on that", Swedish police spokesman Jonas Hysing said at a news conference, using an acronym for the Islamic State. "The migration agency rejected it in June 2016 and also decided that he was to be expelled", Mr Hysing said.

Police said he was the person whose grainy picture the police released earlier in the day.

Hundreds of flower bouquets covered steps leading down to the square next to where the truck plowed into the Ahlens department store, with more piled up under boarded-up windows. "And then I saw injured people", said one witness.

He declined to name the suspect, who had been arrested within hours of Friday's attack on shoppers in Stockholm.

Police also said they found a suspicious device in the passenger seat of the auto, though they would not confirm whether or not the device was some kind of bomb, as has been reported in the Swedish media. "On the contrary, the suspicions have strengthened", Swedish police chief Dan Eliasson said.


The U.S. State Department also condemned the attack, adding, "Attacks like this are meant to sow the seeds of fear, but in fact they only strengthen our shared resolve to combat terrorism around the world".

A man arrested in Stockholm after Friday's fatal lorry attack is believed to be the driver, Swedish police say.

In neighboring Norway early on Sunday, police set off a controlled explosion of a "bomb-like device" in central Oslo and took a suspect into custody.

At the scene of the attack, dozens of people gathered to pay their respects and leave flowers, including Crown Princess Victoria who wiped away a tear. There has been as yet no claim of responsibility for the Stockholm assault. Specifically the girl was going to meet with her mother who had spoken for the last time before the terrorist attack.

Stockholm authorities said that ten of the injured people are still in hospital, and two of them are in intensive care.

In December 2010, a suicide bomber blew himself up, also on the Drottninggatan street, slightly injuring several passers-by.



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