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Stockholm attack: Truck driver suspect 'known to security services'

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Stockholm attack: Truck driver suspect 'known to security services'

<p>Police in Stockholm say a man in custody is thought to have been the driver of a lorry that ploughed into pedestrians on Friday, leaving four people dead.</p> <p>A 39-year-old from Uzbekistan was detained on Friday evening in a northern suburb of the Swedish capital on suspicion of terror crime through the act of murder. </p> <p>It followed the circulation of pictures of a suspect, wearing a grey hoodie.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Police have released images of a man they want to trace "in connection with suspected terror attack in Stockholm". <a href="https://t.co/kQzR3MZTah">https://t.co/kQzR3MZTah</a> <a href="https://t.co/CDr3hz6ITo">pic.twitter.com/CDr3hz6ITo</a></p>— The Local Sweden (@TheLocalSweden) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheLocalSweden/status/850377622148263936">7 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Stockholm attack: Police suspect arrested man was truck driver <a href="https://t.co/Qgxq5WkgAM">https://t.co/Qgxq5WkgAM</a> <a href="https://t.co/mZhdxMQkbq">pic.twitter.com/mZhdxMQkbq</a></p>— The Local Sweden (@TheLocalSweden) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheLocalSweden/status/850600895570092032">8 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Police say the man was known to security services and that a suspect device was found in the driver’s seat of the stolen truck. They did not confirm if it was a bomb, as media reports have indicated.</p> <p>Assistant Police Commander Jan Evensson urged the public not to travel to Stockholm city centre on Saturday unless absolutely necessary.</p> <p>“We still have a crime scene investigation on which we have a huge job to do,” he told a news conference.</p> <p>Fifteen people including children were injured when the vehicle crashed into a department store on Drottninggatan (Queen Street) on Friday afternoon. Shoppers had to flee for their lives.</p> <br /> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/36/26/362667/640x457_bonus-isvec2.jpg" style="width:100%;"/> <p style="font-size:12px;"><em>Photo: TT News Agency/Andreas Schyman/via Reuters</em></p> <br /> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">JUST IN: Video shows people fleeing after truck drives into crowd on street in Stockholm; police say there are several people injured. <a href="https://t.co/2O6CUzngEP">pic.twitter.com/2O6CUzngEP</a></p>— ABC News (@ABC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABC/status/850346461095133184">7 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Authorities said early on Saturday that six of the injured had been able to leave hospital while eight adults and one child remained hospitalised.</p> <p>Swedish public broadcaster <span class="caps">SVT</span> reported that a second person had been detained and that he had a connection to the other man. Police declined to comment on whether any additional suspects had been arrested.</p> <p>Over the past year, Europe has seen several attacks in which vehicles have driven into crowds. So-called Islamic State has encouraged its followers to use cars and trucks as weapons.</p> <p>As yet, there has been no claim of responsibility for the bloodshed in Sweden.</p> <p>“Our message will always be clear: you will not defeat us, you will not govern our lives, you will never, ever win,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told a news conference.</p> <p>He has described the assault as a terrorist attack and tightened security at Sweden’s borders.</p> <br /> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/36/26/362667/640x426_bonus-isvec.jpg" style="width:100%;"/> <p style="font-size:12px;"><em>Photo: TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via Reuters</em></p> <br /> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>