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Swedish police confirm identity of Stockholm truck attack suspect

Swedish police confirm identity of Stockholm truck attack suspect

The suspect was subsequently identified as a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan and subsequently arrested. He was given four weeks to leave the country in December but could not be located because he had given police a wrong address.

The suspected attacker, arrested on Friday, is a 39-year-old asylum seeker from Uzbekistan who had his application for residency rejected last year, according to Swedish police.

This past February, the still unnamed man continued to evade authorities tasked that month in carrying out the order.

Another 15 people were injured when the hijacked veer delivery truck sped down the busiest shopping street in Sweden's capital before crashing into a department store and catching fire.

Of the four fatalities, one was identified to be a British citizen, one was a Belgian national, and two were Swedish citizens.

Two women mourn after they placed flowers on a fence near the department store, Ahlens, Saturday, April 8, 2017, following Friday's suspected terror attack in central Stockholm, Sweden.

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

Police held raids overnight to bring other people in for questioning as authorities investigated the deadliest attack in Stockholm in years.

Swedish Prosecution Authority spokeswoman Karin Rosander said meanwhile that the second suspect was arrested "on suspicion of a terrorist crime (by committing) murder", the same accusation as against the first suspect.

The assault, in a city known for its tolerance and openness, came after the Swedish Security Service, or SAPO, warned in March in its annual security report that a terrorist acting alone was likely to attack somewhere in the country within a year.

National Coordinator Against Violent Extremism Anna Carlstedt, who used to lead the Red Cross in Sweden, said Friday's attack and the background of the suspect posed "difficult questions".

Meanwhile, thousands of people gathered in central Stockholm later on Sunday for a vigil against terrorism and to honor the attack victims.

But some Swedes are having second thoughts after more than 160,000 people, many from Syria, applied for asylum in 2015.

As of Sunday, 10 of the 15 people wounded in the truck attack remained hospitalized, including one child. Agency head Benedicte Bjornland said it was likely the youth had been inspired by recent attacks in Stockholm, France, Germany, Britain and Russian Federation.

Pierre Svensson, who said he employed the suspect through a contractor for several weeks on an asbestos removal project in Stockholm late previous year, described him as a "reserved person".

Stockholm was returning to normality on Sunday with police barricades taken down along the Drottninggatan street where the attack took place. It was quickly put out.

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