Swedish Police Say the Truck Attack Suspect Faced Deportation
Truck Attack:truck-attack:Swedish police said the man who stole a beer truck Friday and crashed it into a crowd of people in Stockholm’s busy shopping area had sought asylum, failed, and was facing deportation. Investigators say the 39-year-old from Uzbekistan, whose name has not been released, applied for a residence permit in 2014 and was denied. He later applied for asylum, and last June he received a rejection notice and was told to leave the country in four weeks. He disappeared, and only resurfaced last Friday, when authorities say he stole a beer truck, then rammed it into a crowded street in the capital, smashing into the front of a department store. Four people died in the attack, which Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called “an act of terrorism.” Police have arrested five people in connection with the attack, and at least one is being investigated on a terrorism-related charge, suggesting there could have been a wider plan. The four victims were identified as two Swedes, one Belgian, and one British national. One of the Swedish victims was an 11-year-old girl on her way home from school.