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Suspect device found in deadly Stockholm attack truck

Suspect device found in deadly Stockholm attack truck
Swedish police fond a suspect device in the truck that ploughed into a Stockholm crowd killing four in Europe's latest such terror attack, officials said
on Saturday.

The alleged driver, who is in custody, is a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan who was already known to Swedish police, authorities said.

"We have found a device in the vehicle that doesn't belong there ... A technical examination is ongoing, we can't go into what it is right now ... whether it's a bomb or a flammable device," police chief Dan Eliasson said. Intelligence agency chief Anders Thornberg added that the Uzbek suspect "has appeared in our intelligence gathering in the past".

"There is nothing to indicate that we've got the wrong man. On the contrary, the suspicions have strengthened," Eliasson added. Flags flew at half-mast across Stockholm on Saturday as the city slowly returned to normal a day after the attack. A stolen beer truck ploughed into a crowd of people at the corner of the bustling Ahlens department store and the Drottninggatan pedestrian street on Friday afternoon, above ground from Stockholm's central subway station. Fifteen people were injured, nine of whom remained in hospital today.

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. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who said Sweden will hold a minute's silence on Monday in memory of the victims, has beefed up Sweden's border controls. "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," Lofven said.
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