Tuesday 26 September 2017

Swedish police make second arrest in truck attack probe, as British national confirmed among those killed

A woman weeps at the crash site yesterday Photo: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
A woman weeps at the crash site yesterday Photo: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
Emergency services work at the scene where a truck crashed into the Ahlens department store at in central Stockholm Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
People lay flowers near the crime scene, near the Ahlens department store, in central Stockholm the morning after a hijacked beer truck plowed into pedestrians on Drottninggatan and crashed into Ahlens department store on Friday, killing four people, injuring 15 others. TT News Agency/Anders Wiklund/via REUTERS
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Swedish police have arrested a second person in relation to the deadly truck attack in the capital and a court has appointed the person a legal representative, a court official said on Sunday.

"Police have arrested a person and we have appointed a public defender," Helga Hullmann, judge at the Stockholm District Court said.

She said lawyer Johan Akerman was the legal council appointed.

Police arrested a 39-year-old Uzbek man on Saturday on suspicion he was the driver of the truck that killed 4 people and injured a further 15.

Earlier today, a Briton was confirmed among the people killed in the Stockholm terrorist attack, Swedish police have said.

Four people died and dozens were injured when a lorry mowed down pedestrians in the heart of the Swedish capital on Friday.

Of the other three who died, one was Belgian and two were Swedish, according to police.

The suspected attacker was an asylum seeker who had his application rejected, Stockholm police said.

He was sympathetic to extremist groups and had been sought by authorities for deportation, according to police.

A Swedish police spokesman told a press conference: "All four deceased are now identified and family to the deceased are notified.

"There are two Swedish citizens among the deceased and there are two foreign citizens among the deceased and the countries' embassies are being contacted as we speak."

Asked which countries the foreign citizens were from, another representative from the police said: "Belgium and England."

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