The site of a violent attack is blocked by the police in Stockholm, Sweden, April 8, 2017.
A statement was given by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven confirming this, a speech in which he brought up just how important it was for Swedish authorities to be manning the people both entering and leaving the country at this time, given the severity of what happened.
A former co-worker of Akilov contacted by Reuters said Akilov had never expressed any religious views and also said that the man he shared a flat with near Stockholm was said to be "devastated" to hear Akilov may be responsible for the attack. Four people died and fifteen were injured when a truck plunged into a crowd at a busy pedestrian street in the Swedish capital on April 7, 2017.
Theresa May pledged solidarity with the country in the wake of what she described as a "terrible attack" and said "the United Kingdom stands firmly by Sweden's side".
Swedish dailies Expressen and Aftonbladet meanwhile named the man as Rakhmat Akilov and published his picture on Sunday.
A memorial service was held in the city's central square this afternoon. He was given four weeks to leave the country in December but could not be located because he had given police a wrong address.
Instead, he allegedly went underground, eluding authorities' attempts to track down and deport him until a hijacked beer truck raced down a pedestrian street and rammed into an upscale department store on Friday.
"He applied for a permanent residency permit in 2014".
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Evenssen said police are holding five more people in connection with the deadly attack Friday and have questioned over 500 others. None of them have been identified.
"He has been wanted by the police though he has not been in the custody of the Migration Office". "Terror can not win", Stockholm mayor Karin Wanngard said. Police said they had identified three of the four dead.
"The efforts to locate (these people) is both time-consuming and resource-intensive", he said.
"Sweden is united", Stockholm resident Olsa Ekermann said to CNN.
"Do we somehow need a more repressive policy?" I know very well her parents.
Meanwhile, thousands of people gathered in central Stockholm later on Sunday for a vigil against terrorism and to honor the attack victims. "So now we have to have more security in our society, but still we don't like to live in bunkers". Britain's Press Association news agency said he was 41. Their identities were not released by Swedish officials.
As of Sunday, 10 of the 15 people wounded in the truck attack remained hospitalized, including one child.
The local authority in charge of monitoring those injured in the attack said that out of the 15 injured, 10 remain in hospitals, including a child.