April 12, 2017- Suspected Stockholm truck attacker Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek and jihadist sympathiser, admitted on Tuesday to committing a "terrorist crime" by mowing down pedestrians on a busy street, killing four people and injuring 15 others.
He had gone underground after his application for Swedish residency was rejected previous year, police said.
Lena Wahlberg, 69, from Sweden, Chris Bevington, 41, from Britain and Maïlys Dereymaeker, 31, from Belgium were killed in the attack, as well as 11-year-old schoolgirl Ebba Åkerlund. Eight people were still in hospital, two of whom were in critical condition.
Akilov has confessed to committing a terrorist crime, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
"The court has decided that I'm not allowed to tell anything about what happened inside court today, or in the questions with the police", defense attorney Johan Eriksson told reporters outside the Stockholm District Court.
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Akilov drove the truck into the crowds on a busy shopping street in the middle of the capital before crashing it into the display window of a shopping centre. Akilov was arrested early Saturday.
Uzbekistan says it warned the West that the man accused of carrying out last week's lorry attack in Stockholm was recruited by so-called Islamic State (IS) after leaving Uzbekistan in 2014.
The Uzbek man had expressed sympathy for ISIS and was wanted for failing to comply with a deportation order, Swedish police said on Sunday, Reuters reports. His Swedish residency application was rejected previous year.
He was one of an estimated 12,000 rejected asylum seekers who remained in the country after being ordered to leave.