Britain names man killed in Stockholm attack

2017-04-09 19:43
Swedes attend a memorial ceremony at the Sergels Torg plaza in Stockholm, close to the point where a truck drove into a department store. (Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP)

Swedes attend a memorial ceremony at the Sergels Torg plaza in Stockholm, close to the point where a truck drove into a department store. (Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP)

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Stockholm - The British government has named a British man killed in the Stockholm truck attack as Chris Bevington.

In a statement released by the Foreign Office, his father John Bevington, 41, said the family was "devastated by the untimely and tragic death of our talented, compassionate and caring son Chris".

Residence permit

The statement said he was "a wonderful husband, son, father, brother and close friend to many."

In addition to Bevington, Swedish police say two Swedes and a Belgian woman died on Friday when a man drove a stolen truck into shoppers in central Stockholm.

Police have a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan in custody. Swedish prosecutors on Sunday arrested a second person in the case and are holding four other people.

The police earlier said that the Uzbekistan citizen was an asylum-seeker who had his application for a residence permit in Sweden rejected and was being sought by authorities for deportation.

Jan Evensson of the Stockholm police told a televised news conference on Sunday that the 39-year-old suspect's request was rejected in June 2016 but police could not find him for deportation because he was not at the address he had given.

Remained in hospital

Jonas Hysing of Sweden's national police says "we know he has been sympathetic to extremist organisations."

Evenssen said police are holding five more people in connection with the deadly attack and had questioned over 500 others.

The police said that of the 15 people injured, 10 remained in hospital and among them was one child.

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