Stockholm attack: 'Suspect device' in Sweden crash lorry


This picture taken on April 8, 2017, shows the truck that crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan in central Stockholm the day beforeImage copyright
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The lorry was driven into the front of a department store

Swedish police have confirmed they discovered a suspect device inside the lorry which was driven into a Stockholm department store on Friday.

The “technical device” was found in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson said.

At this stage, he said it was impossible to know what it was – only that “it should not be there”.

Mr Eliasson also said the suspect in custody was from Uzbekistan, 39, and known to security services.

However, he had only been seen as a “marginal character”, the commissioner added.

The man remains their principal suspect in the attack, which saw a hijacked lorry driven into the front of Ahlens department store on Drottninggatan (Queen Street), one of the city’s main pedestrian thoroughfares.

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Police wanted to speak to this man – a suspect matching his description was later arrested

Mr Eliasson said police had reason to believe the suspect was the man behind the attack.

“Nothing points to the fact that we have the wrong person, on the contrary suspicions have strengthened as the investigation has progressed.”

“We still cannot rule out that more people are involved.”

Mr Eliasson added it was too early to say whether the device in the lorry was “a bomb or some sort of flammable material”.

“We are doing a technical investigation at the moment.”

Eyewitnesses described horrifying scenes outside the store, as bodies and injured people lay on the ground.

Four people were killed – 10 remain in hospital, including a child. Two are in intensive care.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has called it a terrorist attack, with borders tightened at his request.


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