A man who was arrested on Friday is thought to be the driver of the truck that crashed into the Åhléns department store, killing four people. He is held by the police suspected of terrorist crime by murder.
The man, who was arrested in the northern Stockholm suburb of Märsta on Friday, is being held by the police suspected of committing a terrorist crime by murder. He matches the description of the man shown in CCTV footage released by the police shortly after the attack.
The arrested man is a 39-year-old from Uzbekistan, report Aftonbladet and Swedish Radio.
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Nine remain in hospital
Fifteen people, two of whom were children, were injured in the attack and were taken to hospital. Early on Saturday morning the Stockholm county council said nine people were still being treated for their injuries.
One of the two children has left hospital, while the other is still being treated. The Stockholm county council chief physician would not comment on the state of those still remaining in hospital.
Pedestrian street remains closed
The police have made several raids on different locations in Stockholm throughout the night. Several media reported that an arrest was made in connection with a raid in Hjulsta north of Stockholm, but the police would not confirm this information.
“The mission has been going on in several different locations with different measures that cannot be described in detail at present,” said police spokesperson Towe Hägg.
The truck used in the attack was towed away in the early hours of Saturday.
Drottninggatan, the pedestrian street where the attack took place, largely remains closed, and people have started leaving flowers by the police cordons to honour the victims.
Sweden’s terror threat level remains at three on a five-level scale, meaning there is an elevated threat. Within the scope of this threat level, a terrorist attack is possible.
Axadle International Monitoring – World