Swedish police say truck attack suspect showed IS sympathies

Swedish police say truck attack suspect showed IS sympathies
Swedish police said on Sunday that the suspect in the Stockholm truck attack was known to have expressed sympathies with extremist organisations, including Islamic state. Police also said that the suspect had sought and been denied permanent residency in the Nordic country and was wanted for deportation. “We know that he showed sympathies for extremist organisations, among them IS,” police official Jonas Hysing told a news conference. Police also said roughly five other people of interest to the investigation remained in police custody.

Swedish police have brought in seven people for questioning over an apparent terror attack in which a hijacked delivery truck mowed down pedestrians in Stockholm, killing four people, authorities said on Sunday. A 39-year-old Uzbek man was arrested earlier as the suspected driver of the truck that rammed into crowds in the Swedish capital on Friday. “Seven people have been brought in for questioning as a result of these events,” Jonas Hysing, national head of police operations, told public broadcaster SVT, after several raids on addresses around Stockholm over the weekend. Hysing declined to give further information about the raids, but said “the evidence looks very strong” that the Uzbek man was the driver of the hijacked truck. (Reuters)

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