Uzbekistan sends information about lorry attack suspect to Sweden

Who is the real Rakhmat Akilov

Uzbekistan has provided information about the Uzbek man alleged to have killed four people when he drove a lorry into a crowd in the centre of Stockholm.

He is suspected of driving the truck into pedestrians on Drottninggatan (Queen Street), a busy shopping street in the center of Stockholm, on Friday before crashing it into a department store.

Four people, including a British man, were killed and 15 others injured.

Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov said Akilov was radicalised after moving to Sweden in 2014 and the Central Asian nation's intelligence service had passed on information about him.

Minister Kamilov said that information about Akilov had been passed to one of Uzebekistan's "Western partners so that the Swedish side could be informed".

An Uzbek security source, speaking anonymously, also claimed this week that Akilov had been detained at the Turkish-Syrian border in 2015 and was deported back to Sweden.

Russian state news agency Tass reported Wednesday that a police source in Uzbekistan said Akilov had been wanted there for extremist connections. He was formally arrested early Saturday.

Akilov, an Uzbek national, admitted to committing a terrorist crime on Tuesday.

The attack bore some resemblance with other deadly terrorist attacks in Nice, Berlin and London during which truck and cars were used to plough through crowds of people.

"Everyone who has been denied a permit should return home", said Mr. Löfven.

The prosecutor's office said on Tuesday that it will revoke the arrest of a second man police had detained on Sunday because they suspected he was involved in the case.

Akilov, who was known to intelligence services, had applied for residency in Sweden in 2014 but his application was rejected in December a year ago, according to police.

The statement said Rakhmad Akilov, 39, who is now in Swedish police custody, was flagged as a potential threat.



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