Stockholm attack suspect sympathetic to Islamic State, police say

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THE Stockholm truck attack suspect from Uzbekistan was a rejected asylum-seeker who eluded authorities' attempts to deport him by giving police a wrong address, Swedish police said yesterday while announcing the arrest of a second suspect.

Currently, there are three men suspected of the involvement in the Friday attack under police arrest, of whom two were taken on Friday and the other on Sunday.

The individual has featured in previous intelligence reports from a year ago, Anders Thornberg, chief of the Security Service told the briefing.

Police have also said the suspect had shown sympathies for extremist organisations, including Islamic State and that he was wanted for failing to comply with a deportation order after his application for residency was denied.

The British man killed in the attack was named as 41-year-old Chris Bevington by the British Government on Sunday night. Authorities are investigating the attack as suspected terrorism.

In response, hundreds gathered Saturday at the site of the crash in the Swedish capital, building a heartbreaking wall of flowers on the aluminum fence put up to keep them away from the site's broken glass and twisted metal.

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A child is among ten people who remain in hospital, two of whom are in intensive care.

THIS is the face of the man suspected of driving the truck that smashed through crowds, killing four in Stockholm. "But we are too good-hearted", said Stockholm resident Ulov Ekdahl, a 67-year-old commercial broker who went to the memorial.

Sources told Sky News on Saturday the suspected terrorist "burned" himself while trying - and failing - to detonate the homemade bomb in the truck he drove into a crowd of pedestrians at the Ahlens City shopping mall.

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel visited the scene mid-morning.

The Swedish national broadcaster SVT reported that a bag with explosives had been found in the truck used in the attack. A technical device which was "not supposed to be there" had been placed inside the glove compartment, says Stockholm police chief Dan Eliassson. Their main focus at this point is looking into what type of contacts he had, and if they were connected to any previous or potentially upcoming terrorist attacks.

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