Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Uzbekistan says info on truck attack suspect sent to Sweden

Uzbekistan says info on truck attack suspect sent to Sweden

April 12, 2017- Suspected Stockholm truck attacker Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek and jihadist sympathiser, admitted on Tuesday to committing a "terrorist crime" by mowing down pedestrians on a busy street, killing four people and injuring 15 others.

Akilov, who did not speak in court, has not yet been formally charged. Akilov was not handcuffed, and he wore a green fleece jacket wrapped around his head. He sought residency there, but in December 2016 he was told that he had four weeks to leave the country, police said.

Yet he was living in Sweden before hijacking a beer truck and driving it over shoppers, killing four and injuring 15. However Swedish prosecutor Hans Ihrman said the investigation is still ongoing.

Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek national, is in custody on suspicion of mowing down a crowd on a busy street in the Swedish city.

"According to the information that we have, he actively urged his compatriots to travel to Syria in order to fight on Daesh's side", Kamilov said, adding that Akilov had used online messaging services.

Two Swedes, a British man and a Belgian woman were killed in the attack.

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The Swedish police identified the alleged perpetrator as a rejected asylum seeker and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) sympathizer. The others have not been publicly identified.

Eight of those injured, two seriously, were still being treated in the hospital. The New York Times reported that man was released Tuesday.

Eriksson later told reporters outside the court that Akilov has described his motives to authorities, but the judge had ordered the lawyer not to discuss details of the case in public.

Friday's attack shocked Sweden, known for its welcoming policy toward migrants and refugees.

The Uzbek construction worker had an asylum request rejected by Sweden past year and was arrested several hours after the attack in a Stockholm suburb.

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