Sweden attacker ‘tried to join IS’

Sweden truck attack accused admits to crime0:28

The main suspect in the truck attack in Stockholm that killed 4 people has admitted to committing the crime.

A police handout picture of a man, later identified as Uzbekistan national Rakhmat Akilov, the suspect in the Stockholm truck crash. Picture: AP

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AN UZBEK asylum-seeker accused of ramming a truck into a crowd of people in Stockholm last week, killing four people, had tried to travel to Syria in 2015 to join the Islamic State group, an Uzbekistan security source says.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the suspect, Rakhmat Akilov, was an ethnic Tajik who came under the influence of a Tajik Islamic State cell while living in Sweden. Akilov has been living in Sweden since at least 2014.

Police cordon off the truck which crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan in central Stockholm. Picture: AFP

Police cordon off the truck which crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan in central Stockholm. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Akilov was detained at the Turkish-Syrian border in 2015 and deported back to Sweden, the source said. The source added that in February this year Uzbekistan’s authorities had put him on a wanted list for people suspected of religious extremism.

Swedish security police declined to comment on the information, citing the ongoing investigation.

Police believe Akilov, 39, whose asylum application failed and was wanted for deportation at the time of Friday’s attack, hijacked a beer truck and drove it into a busy pedestrian street in the Swedish capital before crashing into a department store.

Flowers left after the Sweden truck attack in Stockholm. Picture: Getty

Flowers left after the Sweden truck attack in Stockholm. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

Akilov has confessed to committing a terrorist crime, his lawyer said. A judge has remanded him in custody for a month while investigations continue.

Swedish security services have said Akilov had figured in intelligence reports but they had not viewed him as a militant threat.

Sweden’s state migration agency declined to comment on the Uzbekistan security source’s remarks.

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