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Swedish authorities arrest suspect in truck attack

Police in Sweden have arrested a man suspected of killing four people in Stockholm on Friday with a stolen truck, in what authorities are calling an act of terrorism.

The suspect was identified on Saturday as a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan who is accused of hijacking a beer truck and slamming into a crowded section of central Stockholm and into a department store before fleeing the scene.

At least 15 people were also wounded in the apparent attack, and 10 people remain hospitalized, Reuters reported.


People gather at the crime scene near Ahlens department store in central Stockholm on April 08, 2017, the day after a hijacked beer truck plowed into pedestrians on Drottninggatan and crashed into Ahlens department store, killing four people, injuring 15 others. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via Reuters

The suspect, whose name was not released by police, was taken into custody after a manhunt. Police said the person had previously been monitored by authorities but was not directly linked to extremist groups.

“We still cannot rule out that more people are involved,” said Dan Eliasson, head of Sweden’s national police, at a news conference.

On Saturday, as flags flew at half mast in Stockholm and people laid flowers at the site of the attack, police said they had discovered a device inside the damaged truck and were trying to determine whether it was a homemade bomb, Reuters reported.

“I cannot say at this stage that this is a bomb or some sort of flammable material,” Eliasson said. “We are doing a technical investigation.”

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