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Stockholm terror suspect initially targeted Denmark

Islamic State convinced Rakhmat Akilov to launch deadly truck attack in Sweden

Tragedy in Stockholm last year (photo: Frankie Fouganthin)
January 31st, 2018 11:16 am| by Christian W

On April 7 last year, five people were killed when the Uzbek asylum-seeker Rakhmat Akilov drove a truck through Stockholm.

But actually, his attack could easily have taken place in Denmark. Initially he had planned to launch a bomb attack in Denmark.

According to the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Akilov told police he wanted to detonate a bomb in front of a NATO building in Denmark, but was later convinced by the terror organisation Islamic State (IS) to stage his attack in Sweden instead.

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Hijacked truck
Akilov’s statements stem from documents made public yesterday in connection with the Uzbek national being charged with terror and attempted terror.

Akilov hijacked a truck from a brewery and drove it down the busy Drottninggatan pedestrian street, swerving to hit his victims. Aside from the five who were killed, a further 15 were injured.

At the time of the attack, 39-year-old Akilov was in Sweden as a rejected asylum-seeker.