Swedish media: Truck crashes into Stockholm store, 3 dead

Swedish media: Truck crashes into Stockholm store, 3 dead

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

In this police handout picture of a man that is wanted in connection with the truck incident Friday April 7, 2017, that killed and injured several people in Stockholm, Sweden. Although the suspect's request for asylum had been rejected in June 2016, police didn't formally start looking for him until February 24.

Police conducted overnight raids around Stockholm but declined to say if they were hunting any more suspects in the case.

The stolen beer truck traveled for more than 500 yards (meters) along Drottninggatan, a main pedestrian street, before smashing into a crowd outside the popular Ahlens department store.

Hundreds of flower bouquets covered steps leading down to the square next to where the truck plowed into the Ahlens department store, with more piled up under boarded-up windows.

Other sources quoted by Expressen on Saturday said the man had already confessed to police at the time of his arrest in a northern Stockholm suburb on Friday, saying "I'm the one who did it".

Shocked by the attack, the residents of Stockholm mobilised on Facebook to organise a vigil at the Sergels Torg plaza near where the truck rammed into shoppers.

The lion-shaped boulders on Drottninggatan are meant as roadblocks and have been put up in several European capitals after a truck attack past year killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin.

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Trudeau says he and his wife are praying for a speedy recovery for the injured in Stockholm.

Initially, he said, he did not know what had happened, but as he made his way to his wife's office, he saw people lying motionless and police officers with body armor rushing to the site. Carlstedt said. "I think it is very important now not to rush into something, to see how we can safeguard this open society and still be able to protect ourselves".

The Belgian news agency Belga said the Belgian woman had been reported missing and was first identified by her identity papers and later by DNA testing.

Stockholm was returning to normality yesterday with police barricades taken down along the Drottninggatan street where the attack took place.

The suspect was detained in a northern Stockholm suburb on Friday and later arrested on suspicion of having committed a terrorism crime, police said.

A hijacked delivery truck had mowed down pedestrians in Stockholm on Friday, creating a wave of panic in the region. Police said eight people remained hospitalised.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

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