West ‘warned’ about Stockholm truck suspect

by BobbyT 0

Uzebekistan has said the Stockholm truck attack suspect was linked to IS and that it had warned “Western partners” about him.

The country’s foreign minister said it had passed information on Rakhmat Akilov to Sweden via another Western nation.

Abdulaziz Kamilov told reporters that Akilov had been recruited by Islamic State after he left Uzbekistan to live in Sweden in 2014.

The minister did not say which country the information was first passed to.

Akilov’s lawyer has said he has admitted committing a terrorist crime.

He told a court this week that the 39-year-old confessed to deliberately driving the stolen beer lorry into crowds along Drottninggatan in the Swedish capital.

The Uzbek construction worker had an asylum request rejected by Sweden last year and was arrested several hours after the attack, in the Stockholm suburb of Marsta.

He was already wanted by police for failing to comply with a deportation order.

Four people, including a British man, were killed and another 15 injured in the attack on 7 April.

Security services previously said Akilov had expressed sympathies with extremist organisations, including Islamic State, but had not been viewed as a threat.


 

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