Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Stockholm terror suspect admits lorry attack

Stockholm terror suspect admits lorry attack

"Akilov confesses to a terrorist crime and accepts his custody detention", his lawyer Johan Eriksson told a custody hearing in a Stockholm district court.

A 39-year-old Uzbek man who has been held after Sweden's worst terrorist attack in decades intends to plead guilty, his lawyer said in court Tuesday.

The Stockholm truck attack suspect has admitted committing a terrorist crime, his lawyer has said. Three others were killed and 15 were injured in the attack, which police believe was carried out by a 38-year-old from Uzbekistan who was refused residency.

Johan Eriksson, attorney for Stockholm truck attack suspect Rakhmat Akilov, talks to journalists outside Stockholm District Court on Tuesday.

He was detained by police hours later and arrested early Saturday.

A police vehicle outside Ahlens department store which was targeted in Friday's attacked was covered in flowers.

Instead, he allegedly went underground, eluding authorities' attempts to track down and deport him until a hijacked beer truck raced down a pedestrian street and rammed into an upscale department store on Friday.

Security services have said Akilov expressed sympathies with extremist organisations, including Islamic State, but said he had not been viewed as a militant threat.

The suspect eluded authorities by giving police a wrong address after his residency request was rejected in June 2016, said Hysing, the operative head of the attack investigation.

A second person has also been arrested in the case but police have given no details about them.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said the incident appeared to be a "terror attack".

Four people were killed, including Brit dad-of-two Chris Bevinton, and dozens more injured in the harrowing attack, which showed similarities to the London terror attack last month. Four others, who were held for questioning, have been released, police said.

Among the victims was British dad Chris Bevington, 41. But Swedish police chief Dan Eliasson said "there was nothing in the system that indicated that he would do anything like what happened on Friday". "But a friend wanted to take a coffee so that meant that both of us didn't end up here on the street", she said.

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