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Stockholm attack: Man held on suspicion of terrorist crimes through murder

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Stockholm attack: Man held on suspicion of terrorist crimes through murder

The British man killed in the attack was named as 41-year-old Chris Bevington by the British Government on Sunday night.

Swedish police have identified a 39-year-old man originally from Uzbekistan as the suspected driver.

"We know that the suspect had expressed sympathy for extremist organizations, among them IS", Jonas Hysing, chief of national police operations, told a news conference, using an acronym for the ultra-hardline militant group.

A woman handed out roses to two police officers guarding the square: "thank you", she said and smiled.

The attack occurred at the Ahlens department store just before 3 p.m. Witnesses were quoted as saying the truck drove into the front window.

Stockholm's Karolinska hospital says six of the 15 injured have been released following treatment while eight adults and one child remain in hospital.

Police have said that the first man arrested had shown interest in extremist groups and had his permanent residency application rejected in June 2016.

Mr Evenssen said police were holding five more people in connection with the deadly attack, after raids over the weekend, and that they had conducted about 500 interviews as part of the inquiry.

The suspect was seen only as a "marginal character", Sweden's National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson told reporters.

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Police had said on Saturday they were increasingly sure the 39-year-old was the driver of the lorry. No identities other than nationalities have yet been made public.

Fifteen people were injured, including two who were in critical condition.

At the scene of the attack, dozens of people gathered to pay their respects and leave flowers, including Crown Princess Victoria who wiped away a tear.

After a manhunt was launched in pursuit of the attacker, the suspect was detained early Saturday morning in Marsta, located north of Stockholm and near the city's global airport.

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "We stand together against terror".

Police had found a suspect device in the cab of the truck.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday's attack.

A failed suicide bombing in December 2010 killed an attacker only a few hundred yards from the site of Friday's incident.

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