Stockholm truck attack suspect was 'known to security services' like Westminster car attack
The driver of a hijacked beer barrel delivery truck that drove into people walking on Stockholm’s largest shopping street, killing four and injuring many more, is believed to be a 39-year-old Uzbek man previously known to the security services.
London authorities revealed that the British-born Khalid Masood, who carried out Westminster Bridge car attack a month earlier ,was also also well-known to MI5 UK Intelligence services and had worked in Saudi Arabia sometime around 2008.
Police in Sweden’s capital confirmed that a man had been arrested “on suspicion of a terrorist crime through murder” after the attack on Friday afternoon, which saw the haulage vehicle drive down a pedestrianised street in the capital before crashing into a department store.Swedish police released these images of a man suspected of being involved in the attack.
Karin Rosander, a communications director at the Swedish prosecution authority, said that police suspected the arrested man had carried out the attack. He continued to be detained on Saturday.
Sweden's national police chief, Dan Eliason, confirmed reports that the suspect was aged 39 and from the central Asian country. He added that he had previously been named in security information but was not recently under investigation, describing the suspect as “a more marginal character”.
Anders Thornberg, head of the Swedish security service, said: “The suspect didn’t appear in our recent files but he earlier has been in our files.”
He said the security services were working with other nations’ security agencies on the matter, but declined to elaborate.