İstanbul, Apr 8 (DHA) –Flags flew at half-mast across Stockholm on Saturday as the city slowly returned to normal a day after a truck attack that killed four people, as police said they had the suspected driver in custody.
A stolen beer truck ploughed into a crowd of people at the corner of the bustling Ahlens department store and the Drottninggatan pedestrian street afternoon on Friday, above ground from Stockholm’s central subway station.
Fifteen people were injured, nine of whom remained in hospital on April 8.
It was the third terror attack in Europe in two weeks, coming on the heels of assaults in London and St. Petersburg, although there has been no immediate claim of responsibility.
Previous attacks using vehicles have occurred in London, Berlin and the southern French city of Nice, all of them claimed by the IS.
"Terror hits the heart of the city," Sweden’s biggest broadsheet Dagens Nyheter headlined its front page above a picture of the truck with its front end smashed into the store.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said he had strengthened the country’s border controls, as flags flew at half-mast at parliament, the royal palace, the government offices, and City Hall.
"Terrorists want us to be afraid, want us to change our behaviour, want us to not live our lives normally, but that is what we’re going to do. So terrorists can never defeat Sweden, never," Lofven said.
City streets were empty early Saturday, slowly filling as the day wore on as things began to return to normal -- apart from a heavy police presence, a rare scene in this normally tranquil country.
A swelling crowd milled by the security barrier erected around the scene, many placing flowers on the ground or in the security fence.
Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria, 39, was one of those laying down a bouquet, wiping tears from her cheek.
"I feel an incredible sadness, an emptiness," she told reporters.
But, she said, "society has demonstrated enormous strength and we stand together against this."
Swedish police said a man arrested on "suspicion of a terrorist crime" was probably the truck driver.
The man was arrested "on suspicion of a terrorist crime through murder," Karin Rosander, spokeswoman at the Swedish Prosecution Authority, said.
The man was detained on Friday in Marsta, a suburb north of Stockholm. According to several media outlets, he is a 39-year-old of Uzbek origin and an IS supporter.
Prosecutors did not disclose his identity, but police said his appearance "matched the description" of a photo they released of a suspect wearing a dark hoodie and military green jacket.
Intelligence agency Sapo said meanwhile it was hunting for "possible accomplices or networks that may have been involved in the attack."
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