Rahmat Akilov confesses to Stockholm attack

TV grab, Snapshot from a CCTV camera of Rahmat Akilov, 39, released by Stockholm's police

Rahmat Akilov confesses to Stockholm attack


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The Stockholm terrorist attack suspect, Rakhmat Akilov, 39, confessed to his crime during a pre-trial hearing in Stockholm, Sverige Radio reports.

The Court ruled Akilov will remain in custody, awaiting his trial on terrorism charges. Akilov is likely to be indicted by 11 May, unless the prosecutor requires more time for the investigation.

In Sweden, a suspect can only be detained for four days, unless a Court extends the pre-trial detention period.

Akilov’s lawyer, Johan Eriksson, told the hearing that his client drove the truck on Drottninggatan, Stockholm, killing four, including an 11-year old girl.

The 39-year-old Uzbek citizen is an illegal immigrant that applied for residence in 2014, which was rejected in June 2016.

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

A second man has been detained in relation to the attack, but neither his suspected role in the incident nor his name has been made public. His hearing will take place on Wednesday.

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