Swedish police have made three arrests in relation to the terror truck attack in central Stockholm yesterday that killed at least four people and injured at least fifteen others. Two of those three arrested have been detained by the authorities while further investigations are ongoing.
The police have confirmed that one of the arrests is related to the truck attack. The first man arrested is a 39-year old from Uzbekistan and a father of four. He reportedly posted jihadist propaganda on his Facebook page. He also shared images of people injured in the Boston Marathon explosion in April 2013. He was reportedly stopped and questioned after acting strangely in a store shortly after the attack.
Another man was arrested in the evening in the Sweden suburb of Hijulsta. His appearance reportedly matched the appearance of the man in the picture released by the police as a person of interest to the crime. There has been no confirmation, however, from the police if the said man was really involved in the attack.
Aftonbladet, a local daily, has reported that one of those arrested has admitted responsibility for the attack. The Swedish authorities have yet to confirm this, too.
One arrest reportedly happened after a car chase with the police.
The police have yet to release also the identities of the suspects.
The driver of the stolen vehicle has yet to be found. Officials have increased the country's border security, with Sweden remaining on high alert. Crisis teams have also been deployed across Stockholm.
The Swedish authorities said that they are working hard together, using all available resources to investigate the case and bring to justice those responsible for the attack.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven swiftly returned to Stockholm from a visit in southwestern Sweden upon learning of the incident. He also said that the government has strengthened the country's border controls.
Lofven also gave assurances to the people that terrorists can never defeat Sweden. He said that terrorists want people to be afraid and to change their behavior. He said the terrorists do not want the people to live normal lives, but that is exactly what he is urging his people to do to fight the terrorists- live their normal lives.