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Stockholm: Suspected man agreed to be arrested

The man suspected of ramming a stolen truck into a crowd in Stockholm, killing four people and wounding 15, has admitted guilt and agreed to be arrested, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

The Stockholm District Court ruled that police could detain Rakhmat Akilov for a month after he admitted in court that he drove the stolen beer truck into a crowd outside an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday afternoon. He was detained by police hours later and arrested early Saturday.

Akilov allegedly drove the stolen beer truck into a crowd outside an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday afternoon. He was detained by police hours later and arrested early Saturday.

Among the four people two Swedes, a Belgian woman and a British man identified as Chris Bevington, an executive at Swedish online music-streaming service Spotify. The others have not been publicly identified.

Eight of the 15 people injured, two seriously, are still being treated in the hospital.

Police have arrested another man in the case but have not given any details.

Friday’s attack shocked Swedes, who pride themselves on their open-door policies toward migrants and refugees, and many expressed fears that something had gone badly wrong.

The prosecutor’s office announced yesterday that it would revoke the arrest of a second man detained by police on Sunday.

It said that “the suspicions have weakened” against him and there were no grounds to apply for a detention order. He would not, however, be set free but “be taken into custody due to a previous decision that he shall be expelled from Sweden.”

In 2015, a record 163,000 asylum-seekers arrived in the country — the highest per-capita rate in Europe. The government responded by tightening border controls and curtailing some immigrant rights.



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