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Sweden mourns as police say 'device' was found in killer truck

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By Euronews
Sweden mourns as police say 'device' was found in killer truck

Crown Princess Victoria and fellow Swedes paid tribute to the victims of the Stockholm attack on Saturday, laying flowers at the spot where a killer lorry ploughed into pedestrians.

I feel an enormous sadness, I feel empty

Crown Princess Victoria

The Royal laid a bouquet of red roses and told Aftonbladet TV that she felt “an enormous sadness, I feel empty”.

She urged Swedes to unite in their grief.

Four people were killed on Friday when the stolen lorry rammed into a department store. Ten others, including a child, remain in hospital.

A 39-year-old from Uzbekistan, thought to have been the driver, was detained on Friday evening in a northern suburb of the Swedish capital on suspicion of terror crime through the act of murder.

It followed the circulation of pictures of a suspect, wearing a grey hoodie.

The man detained was no stranger to the security services.

Swedish police chief Dan Eliasson told reporters:

“He was known… there was intelligence about him in the security police but…rather of a marginal character.”

Police say a suspect device was found in the driver’s seat of the truck though they have not confirmed it was a bomb, as media reports have claimed.

The stolen vehicle rammed into a department store on Drottninggatan (Queen Street), sending shoppers running for their lives.

What was behind Friday’s horror is still unclear. But Europe has seen several attacks in which cars or trucks have driven into crowds over the past year. So-called Islamic State has encouraged its followers to use vehicles as weapons.

Until now largely immune to any major incidents of this kind, Sweden will hold a memorial service and minute of silence for its victims on Monday.

Photo: TT News Agency/Andreas Schyman/via Reuters

Photo: TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via Reuters

with Reuters