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Second suspect arrested over Stockholm truck attack

Jan Evensson, Regional Strategic Commander, Jonas Hysing, National Strategic Commander, and Johan Olsson, Head of Operations, The Swedish Security Service, are pictured during a police briefing following Friday’s terror attack in central Stockholm, Sweden, on April 9, 2017. Four people died and fifteen were injured when a truck plunged into a crowd at a busy pedestrian street in the Swedish capital on April 7, 2017. Maja SUSLIN / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP

A second suspect was arrested Sunday in connection with the Stockholm truck attack that killed four people and injured 15, a district court said.

“I can confirm that a second person has been arrested,” Stockholm district court judge Helga Hullman told AFP.

The new suspect, whose identity was not disclosed, is being investigated about a “terrorist crime (by committing) murder,” Karin Rosander, spokeswoman at the Swedish Prosecution Authority told public broadcaster SVT.


The prosecution has until Wednesday to ask a court to remand the suspect in custody, Rosander said.

A first suspect has been officially identified as a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan and “applied for a permanent residency permit in 2014”, a request later rejected, police said Sunday.

On Friday, the 39-year-old is alleged to have barrelled a stolen beer truck several hundred metres (yards) down the bustling pedestrian street Drottninggatan in the heart of Stockholm.

The vehicle mowed down shoppers before slamming into the facade of the busy Ahlens department store.

The motive for the attack is not known.

Thousands of people were to gather in central Stockholm on Sunday for a “Lovefest” vigil against terrorism.




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