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Stockholm attack: Sweden holds minute’s silence for victims

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A minute of silence was held as the victims of the attack were remembered

Sweden has observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the truck attack in central Stockholm on Friday.

Four people died and 15 were injured when a lorry drove into a department store. A 39-year-old Uzbek man is the main suspect, officials say.

On Monday, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, most of the royal family and Stockholm Mayor Karin Wanngard stood outside Stockholm’s City Hall for the ceremony.

Other tributes were paid across Sweden.

Police have not released the identities of the victims, but said they were:

  • Two Swedish nationals – one reported to be an 11-year-old girl
  • A Briton – named by his family as 41-year-old Chris Bevington
  • A Belgian woman, said to be a 31-year-old from the city of Halle

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Members of Sweden’s royal family and politicians attended the ceremony in Stockholm

Police are still questioning the main suspect, who has been named as Rakhmat Akilov by the Swedish media.

He had applied for permanent residency in 2014, but this was rejected. In December 2016 he was given four weeks to leave the country, police chief Jonas Hysing told a press conference.

The suspect then disappeared, and police began searching for him, Mr Hysing added.

He was known to have expressed sympathy for groups including so-called Islamic State (IS), but had been seen only as a “marginal character”, police said.

Meanwhile, a second suspect has been placed under formal arrest.

Police have interviewed more than 500 people over the incident, Sweden’s TT news agency reports.

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Media captionWhat we know about the Stockholm truck attack

On Sunday, people gathered in central Stockholm for a “Lovefest” vigil against terrorism, and laid flowers outside the Ahlens shop in tribute.

More than 20,000 people attended the vigil, AFP reported, citing city officials.

The truck, hijacked from a beer company, was driven into Ahlens department store in the capital on Friday afternoon.

No terrorist group has claimed to be behind the attack.

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Participants in Sunday’s vigil were told to flash the peace sign

Sweden has taken in nearly 200,000 refugees and migrants in recent years – more per capita than any other European country.

However, there was a drop in numbers last year after the country introduced new border checks.

Separately, Sweden is believed to have the highest number of IS fighters per capita in Europe.

About 140 of the 300 who went to Syria and Iraq have since returned, leaving the authorities to grapple with how best to reintegrate them into society.


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