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21 April 2017, 04:55 | Erica Roy
Sweden mourns 4 killed, 15 wounded in Stockholm truck attack
The Stockholm terrorist attack suspect, Rakhmat Akilov, 39, confessed to his crime during a pre-trial hearing in Stockholm, Sverige Radio reports.
At least two people were killed when a truck was driven into pedestrians on the busiest street in the center of Stockholm, in what appeared to be the latest use of a vehicle as a weapon of terror in Europe. "His position is that he admits to a terrorist crime and accepts therefore that he will be detained", said lawyer Johan Eriksson, adding that the judge has asked not to divulge details.
Police are holding a 39-year-old Uzbek man who they believe was the driver of the hijacked beer truck that crashed into a department store, leaving death in its wake.
A truck rammed into people on a central Stockholm street on Friday before crashing into a department store, killing four people and injuring 15 others.
Akilov was arrested just hours after the attack.
Officials have acknowledged the difficulty of keeping tabs on asylum-seekers who have been ordered to leave the country after their applications were turned down.
The suspect, who has been detained on suspicion of terrorist offenses, was known known for having "been sympathetic to extremist organizations", Jonas Hysing of Sweden's national police said.
Sweden will "never go back to the days of mass immigration" after it emerged the Stockholm attacker was a failed asylum seeker, the Swedish prime minister has said.
"Police have arrested a person and we have appointed a public defender", Helga Hullmann, judge at the Stockholm District Court said.
Killed were two Swedes, a British man and a Belgian woman.
Mr Bevington lived in Stockholm with his family and worked as a director with music streaming service Spotify.
Police and Sweden's intelligence have questioned some 500 people as part of the investigation, a senior police officer said.
Intelligence agency Sapo has said the Akilov had appeared on their radar past year for undisclosed reasons, but national police commissioner Dan Eliasson said "there was nothing in the system that indicated (the suspect) would do something like what he did on Friday". "We will get through this together", Lofven said.
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