REJECTED: Sweden Muslim Attacker Was A Rejected Asylum Seeker

Denied Asylum

The suspect arrested in the truck attack in Stockholm that killed four people on Friday has been identified as a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan who is a rejected asylum-seeker and had been running from authorities for more than a month, police said Sunday.


Jan Evensson of the Stockholm police told a news conference that the 39-year-old suspect’s request for a residence permit was rejected in June 2016, but police could not find him to send him back to his native country because he was not at the address he had given. Swedish police started formally seeking him on Feb. 24.

“We know he has been sympathetic to extremist organizations,” said Jonas Hysing of Sweden’s national police. He declined to name the suspect, who was arrested within hours of Friday’s attack on shoppers in Stockholm.

Swedish prosecutors on Sunday arrested a second person in connection with the truck attack case for suspected crimes against the nation and were holding four other people.

“A person suspected of terrorist offenses by murder has been arrested,” spokeswoman Karin Rosander told The Associated Press. She did not give any further details about the new suspect.


In all, Evensson said authorities have questioned over 500 people in the investigation so far.

Thousands of people have come to the Stockholm crash site, including the prime minister, several government officials and Sweden’s crown princess, to lay flowers and light candles in memory of the truck attack victims.