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Woman dies after Stockholm truck attack; death toll now 5

Woman dies after Stockholm truck attack; death toll now 5
A woman in her 60s who was injured in the April 7 truck attack in Stockholm has died, Swedish authorities said on Friday, raising the death toll to five.

A political party in Trollhattan, near Goteborg, identified the woman as Marie Kide, 66, an elected member of the city council. "It is with sorrow that I have received the message that another person died," Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said.

"The aim of this kind of attack is to spread terror and hatred," Lofven told Sweden's news agency TT. "We will do everything in our power so people can be safe in Sweden."

A 39-year-old Uzbek man, Rakhmat Akilov, has pleaded guilty to a terrorist crime for ramming the truck into a crowd on a busy pedestrian shopping street in the Swedish capital. Police have not disclosed a motive for the attack and no extremist group has claimed responsibility for it.

Akilov's Swedish residency application was rejected last year but police said there was nothing to indicate he might plan an attack. After the rejection, Akilov had been been ordered to leave Sweden in December. Instead, he allegedly went underground, eluding authorities' attempts to track him down.

Akilov was caught in a northern suburb of Stockholm, hours after he drove the stolen beer truck into the crowd of afternoon shoppers outside the upmarket Ahlens store.


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