Uzbekistan says Stockholm suspect had ties to IS group

Uzbekistan says Stockholm suspect had ties to IS group

Stockholm terror suspect was caught 'trying to join ISIS before being sent BACK TO SWEDEN'The suspected killer Rakhmat Akilov, an ethnic Tajik from Uzbek, was influenced by a Tajik Islamic State cell while living in Sweden.

Uzbekistan says it warned the West that the man accused of carrying out last week's lorry attack in Stockholm was recruited by so-called Islamic State (IS) after leaving Uzbekistan in 2014.

Last Friday's assault took place in Drottninggatan, one of the Stockholm's main pedestrian areas, where a truck ploughed through a crowd, killing four and injuring over a dozen people.

The source added that in February this year Uzbekistan's authorities had put him on a wanted list for people suspected of religious extremism.

Rakhmat Akilov, who has been in custody since the truck attack in the Swedish capital on Friday has confessed to being responsible for the crime, Reuters reports.

At a news conference on Sunday, Swedish police revealed Akilov was an asylum seeker who had his application rejected.

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Two of those killed were Swedish, one was a British citizen and the other from Belgium.

Swedish police are now holding Akilov, whose lawyer says he has already confessed to driving a stolen truck through the crowd and into the front of a department store in central Stockholm. Fifteen were injured. Eight people remain in hospital, including two in intensive care.

Mr Akilov reportedly ran from the scene of the attack, still covered in blood and glass, and was arrested hours later in a northern suburb of Stockholm.

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

The arrest of a second man in connection with the attack has been revoked as suspicions against him had "weakened", the prosecutor's office said.

However, Swedish authorities said that he was not seen as a militant threat before the attack.

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