The suspect in the deadly terror attack in Stockholm is reportedly a supporter of ISIS. The man believed to be behind the truck attack that killed four and injured 15 is a 39-year-old man from the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan. The man, who was already known to intelligence services before the lethal attack, lived in a suburb of the Swedish capital.
The Swedish newspaper, The Aftonbladet, stated that the man was an ISIS-sympathizer who posted videos of ISIS atrocities on Facebook. He also allegedly “liked” a photo of the bloody aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings the newspaper reported. A friend of the man arrested told the paper that the suspect was a father of four and worked in construction.
“He never talked politics or religion,” the friend said. “The only thing he talked about was getting more jobs so he could send money home to his family.”
A police source told The Aftonbladet that authorities have “very good evidence” against the man who was arrested. The suspect was wearing the same clothes as a man seen in a photo distributed by police and he was covered in broken glass.
On Friday, the man hijacked the beer truck minutes before the attack and then plowed into pedestrians in a shopping district of Stockholm. Around 3 p.m. local time, the truck barreled down the pedestrian street known as the Drottninggatan before crashing into a department store and starting a fire.
Video shows how fast the terror truck was speeding down the busy shopping area as people run for their lives.
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Police believe the suspect fled to a nearby subway station and attempted to blend in with commuters. Aftonbladet’s police source said the man took a northbound train toward Stockholm’s international airport, then got on a southbound train in an apparent attempt to confuse authorities.
“He had nowhere to go,” the source told Aftonbladet. “He behaved oddly.”
Hours after the attack, police arrested the Islamic State supporter in the suburb of Marsta. Local residents tipped off the authorities after seeing a man who resembled the police handout photo of the suspect.
The suspect immediately confessed. The man is expected to appear before a judge on Saturday and prosecutors have until Tuesday to decide whether to request the suspect be held or he will be released.
There are reports of a homemade bomb in the truck.
“We confirm that we have found a device in the truck that doesn’t belong there. We are now investigating its content,” said chief of the Swedish Police Dan Eliasson during a press briefing on Saturday. “Whether this was a classic bomb or some sort of flammable device is now a matter for our analysis.”
The Swedish news outlet SVT reported that the attacker suffered burns caused by the explosives, which did not detonate properly.
“The person in question has been arrested as the perpetrator … in this case the driver,” police spokesman Lars Bystrom said Saturday. “Then, there can be other people who are associated with him, but we do not know that at the current time.”
Eight of the injured victims are still being treated in the hospital, and four of them have serious injuries.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said the attack was an “act of terror.”
“The country is in a state of shock,” Lofven said. “The aim of terrorism is to undermine democracy. But such a goal will never be achieved in Sweden.”
Swedish authorities have tightened security and imposed temporary border controls for 10 days to prevent another attack from happening.