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Second suspect arrested as Briton confirmed among Stockholm dead

The other people killed were a Belgian and two Swedes.

The truck following the attack.
The truck following the attack.
Image: Markus Schreiber/PA

A SECOND SUSPECT has been formally placed under arrest in connection with a truck attack that killed four people and injured 15 in Stockholm, a district court said.

“I can confirm that a second person has been arrested,” Stockholm district court judge Helga Hullman told AFP.

The arrest comes as a Briton was confirmed as being among the dead.

A statement given to The Guardian by the British Foreign Office said:

“We now know that a British man was killed during the attack in Stockholm. We are supporting his family in Sweden and in the UK. Our thoughts are with them and all those affected at this terrible time. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with Sweden as they deal with this tragedy.”

The other people killed were a Belgian and two Swedes.

A further 15 were injured.


Police have said that the first man arrested had shown interest in extremist groups and had his permanent residency application rejected in June 2016.

The suspect, who has only been officially identified as a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan, “applied for a permanent residency permit in 2014,” Police chief Jonas Hysing Hysing said.

“The Migration Agency rejected it in June 2016 and also decided that he was to be expelled,” he added.

“In December 2016, he was informed by the Migration Agency that he had four weeks to leave the country. In February 2017, the case was handed over to the police to carry out the order, since the person had gone underground,” he said.

But police apparently never found the man.

With AFP reporting

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