News ID: 190556
Published: 0708 GMT April 09, 2017

Police: Stockholm truck attack suspect interested in Daesh, residency rejected

Police: Stockholm truck attack suspect interested in Daesh, residency rejected

The suspected Stockholm truck attacker had shown interest in terrorist groups and had his permanent residency application rejected in June 2016, Swedish police said on Sunday, AFP reported.

"We know that he showed interest for extremist organizations like IS (Daesh), police chief Jonas Hysing told reporters, adding that two Swedes, one Briton and a Belgian were killed in the attack.

The suspect, who has only been officially identified as a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan, "applied for a permanent residency permit in 2014," Hysing said.

"The Migration Agency rejected it in June 2016 and also decided that he was to be expelled," he added.

"In December 2016, he was informed by the Migration Agency that he had four weeks to leave the country. In February 2017, the case was handed over to the police to carry out the order, since the person had gone underground," he said.

But police apparently never found the man.

On Friday, the suspect is alleged to have barreled a stolen truck several hundred meters (yards) down the bustling pedestrian street Drottninggatan in the heart of Stockholm.

The vehicle mowed down shoppers before slamming into the facade of the busy Ahlens department store.

The motive for the attack is not known. The method, however, was similar to previous attacks using vehicles in Nice, Berlin and London, all of them claimed by Daesh.

   
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