Sweden says truck attack suspect is Uzbek-born

Beer truck kills 4 in Stockholm Sweden calls it terror

One of the wounded, an 83-year-old Romanian woman who was begging on the city's pedestrian Drottninggatan shopping street when the attack took place, said she was "surprised" that passersby helped her.

The Stockholm suspect, aged 39 and from the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, applied for permanent residence in Sweden in 2014.

Swedish police say they believe they have arrested the driver of a hijacked beer truck that killed four people and injured 15 others on a busy street in the Swedish capital. "The Migration Agency rejected it in June 2016 and also decided that he was to be deported", Hysing said.

Police said he was the person whose grainy picture the police released earlier in the day.

The man suspected of carrying out the truck attack in Stockholm was an asylum seeker who was being sought by authorities for deportation, Swedish police say.

The attacker drove the truck into an Ahlens department store at approximately 3 pm local time (9 am EST), after which the truck caught on fire. Witnesses said that the driver was trying to hit people as he steered.

However, Reuters news agency said the person was arrested on "a lower degree of suspicion" than the first suspect.

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.

Police told reporters Saturday that the man was previously known to Swedish intelligence.

The Swedish national broadcaster SVT reported that a bag with explosives had been found in the truck used in the attack. Authorities haven't said how he came to reside in Sweden or how long he had lived there, but he was on their radar; though, a previous investigation into the suspect had apparently gone nowhere.

Four people were killed in the horrific assault and 10, including a child, remain in hospital.

It was the second terror attack in Stockholm.

"We follow developments but as of now our thoughts go to the victims and their families, " he said.

As thousands gathered near the site of the attack to show support for the victims, officials revealed the suspect had expressed "sympathy for extremist organizations".

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