Stockholm truck attack: Uzbek suspect confesses to committing 'terror crime'

The man accused of slamming a stolen truck into pedestrians before crashing into a Stockholm department store, killing four people and wounding 15 others, will plead guilty, his lawyer said Tuesday.

President Trump called Löfven on Sunday "to express condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed in Friday's terrorist attack in central Stockholm, and to wish a speedy recovery to those who were wounded", the White House said. Handcuffed and wearing a thick green hoodie over his head, he kept his head bowed down.

After reporters were let back in, the judge, Malou Lindblom, announced that she had ordered Akilov held until May 11, citing the risk that he might disappear, damage evidence or "continue with criminal activity".

After about an hour, journalists were readmitted into the courtroom and the judge remanded Akilov in custody. The court refused the request.

Two Swedes, one Belgian and a Briton were the victims of the last Friday attack.

Nine people remained hospitalised, two of them in serious condition.

Defence lawyer Johan Eriksson speaks to the media at the court after the detention hearing of the suspect in Friday's attack in Stockholm.

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Akilov's attack with a truck ramming through the crowd has not been claimed by IS, like Nice, Berlin, and London.

Johan Eriksson, attorney for Stockholm truck attack suspect Rakhmat Akilov, talks to journalists outside Stockholm District Court on Tuesday.

Court documents identified Akilov as a citizen of Uzbekistan. Akilov reportedly confessed to police, telling them he "achieved" what he could.

National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson said that police had also discovered a suspect device inside the truck which was driven into the department store, stating that the technical device was found in the driver's seat.

"We will continue to investigate if Akilov had other people around him" who may have been accomplices, Ihrman said.

Police have earlier said the investigation could "take up to a year to finish".

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has described the incident as a terrorist attack, and asked for tightening of borders. His Swedish residency application was rejected past year.

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