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What We Know About the Stockholm Terrorist

What We Know About the Stockholm Terrorist

“We are focusing on how he entered the country, where has he been”

Yesterday, we covered the terror attack in Sweden in which a terrorist drove a stolen truck into a mall and killed at least four people and injured dozens more.  Today, we are learning more about the 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan believed to be responsible for the attack and about the reaction of Swedes to the terror attack.

CBS News reports:

The suspect in Stockholm’s deadly beer truck attack is a 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan who had been on authorities’ radar previously, Swedish authorities said Saturday. The prime minister urged citizens to “get through this” and strolled through the streets of the capital to chat with residents.

Swedes flew flags at half-staff Saturday to commemorate the four people killed and 15 wounded when the hijacked truck plowed into a crowd of shoppers Friday afternoon in Stockholm. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven declared Monday a national day of mourning, with a minute of silence at noon.

Sweden’s police chief said authorities were confident they had detained the man who carried out the attack.

“There is nothing that tells us that we have the wrong person,” Dan Eliason told a news conference Saturday, but added he did not know whether others were involved in the attack. “We cannot exclude this.”

. . . . Prosecutor Hans Ihrman said the suspect has not yet spoken to authorities and could not confirm whether he was a legal resident of Sweden. Anders Thornberg, head of the Swedish Security Service, said security services were working with other nations’ security agencies to investigate the attack, but declined to elaborate.

There are further reports that this suspect was known to the Swedish security authorities, and with the police chief saying that they are focused on determining how the terrorist entered the country, there is reason to believe that he was not a native of Sweden.

The New York Times reports:

A Swedish prosecutor and police officials did not identify the suspect, but Anders Thornberg, the head of the Swedish Security Service, said the man had been on the authorities’ radar some time ago.

Mr. Thornberg said that the agency had followed up on information it received on the suspect last year, but that it did not lead to anything. He said the suspect was not on any current list of people the agency was monitoring.

“The suspect didn’t appear in our recent files, but he earlier has been in our files,” he said at a news conference on Saturday.

. . . .  Chief Eliasson would not say how long the suspect had been living in Sweden. “We are focusing on how he entered the country, where has he been,” he said. “We need to establish what kind of contacts he had.”

He said there were clear similarities with the deadly terror attack in London last month, in which a British-born man used a vehicle to mow down a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge before he was shot and killed by the police.

An impromptu memorial has been established at the site of the terror attack, with many stopping to pay tribute to the innocent victims of this repulsive terror attack.

CNN reports:

Drottninggatan (Queen Street) remained cordoned off Saturday morning, but the truck had been removed overnight from the building where it had been wedged. Heavily armed officers guarded the area and several police vans were present.

Scores of people came to lay flowers Saturday morning at a spot on Klarabergsgaten, near the crash site. The mood was subdued, with people seeming to be in quiet reflection.

. . . . Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel visited the scene mid-morning. Princess Victoria, who was dressed in black and visibly moved to tears, was barely able to speak as she surveyed the area. “I feel an enormous sorrow and emptiness,” she told reporters.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who visited a short time later, said: “The goal is that we are supposed to be afraid, but Sweden has shown itself from its best side. That is a strength that no one can take away from us.”

The Telegraph reminds us that the attack comes less than two months after President Trump’s statement about rising crime in Sweden being related to lax refugee policies.


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stevewhitemd | April 8, 2017 at 1:44 pm

What this demonstrates is that our security services can be pretty good — the authorities knew about him and knew that he was a problem.

The government just lacked the will do do anything about it.

That also sounds familiar…

too bad we will never know what the motive behind this accident was…

What does it take for the people of Sweden to wake up and vote these clowns out. There will come a time when they have to either submit or flight and I fear they will chose the easier path.

“The goal is that we are supposed to be afraid, but Sweden has shown itself from its best side. That is a strength that no one can take away from us.”

Yes, they’re helpless, as helpless as anybody in Europe, institutionally unable to respond to a deadly menace … and they’re damned proud of it, too.

    casualobserver in reply to tom swift. | April 8, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I read that quote and simply thought it to be the canned response from the elected class everywhere, including the U.S. Sure, not being immediately afraid is a sign of strength. But what really matters in showing strength is what you do about it next.

    openeyes in reply to tom swift. | April 9, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Bravery is acting correctly in spite of your fear. What we have here is a country either too stupid to realize they should be afraid (and take the correct action), or IMHO too cowardly to admit to fear because they are chicken and are afraid to act.

ahh Uzbekistan, that great bastion of Christianity….

Subotai Bahadur | April 8, 2017 at 3:36 pm

I wonder who is the next on the list of those being watched whose turn it is to commit the next terrorist attack for them to be brave about while they cower?

What do we know? Not much yet. The Swedes seem to be trying to get their story straight. The checklist from another comment thread. Let’s see if it holds up.

1. The government and media close ranks and announce the attack had nothing to do with “true” Islam.

2. Pronounce anyone who says otherwise guilty of “Islamophobia.”

3. Shift focus from actual attack to mythical “Islamophbia” and non-existent backlash.

4. Call for restrictions on free speech (bonus points for increasing monitoring of social media).

5. Insist they need more Muslim immigrants.

I used rely on a sextant…

…to navigate my boat. Until one of the illegal immigrant ESL speakers on a local government board observed it sounded suspiciously like “sex tent.” Which sounds like something Donal Trump would have. So…

I may have to update my checklist. As the authorities in what now is known as Sweden are apparently determined to say nothing.

I will say I’ve been proven right in this.

They’ve arrested a second suspect in this lone wolf attack.

How does it happen that all these lone wolves have so many friends?

No. My checklist is good. DARVO. it’s an acronym. Look it up.