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The lead suspect in the deadly truck attack in Sweden admitted to the crime


UPDATE April 11, 6:00 a.m. EST:

Rakhmat Akilov, the main suspect in the Stockholm terrorist attack that killed four people and injured 15, has admitted to the crime, his lawyer said Tuesday. 

"He ... accepts therefore that he will be detained," Johan Eriksson said. Akilov had requested a Sunni Muslim lawyer to replace Eriksson, but he was denied. Akilov was known to police to be tied to jihadist organizations, Reuters reports. He was a native of Uzbekistan who had sought residency in Sweden but had been rejected.

Terrorist want us to be afraid ... but that is not what we're going to do. So terrorists can never defeat Sweden, never.
Stefan Löfven

In response to the attack on Friday, Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven strengthened the country's border controls.

UPDATE April 9, 7:47 a.m. EST:

The Stockholm attacker had sought asylum in Sweden, but his residence permit had been rejected and authorities sought to deport him, Swedish police said. 

Police had been looking to deport him for months, but police had not been able to track him down.

Jonas Hysing of Sweden's national police said the suspect was known to be "sympathetic to extremist organizations." The suspect was not named by police.

UPDATE 11:00a.m.: Swedish authorities confirmed Saturday that the suspect in a deadly truck attack in central Stockholm is a 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan who appeared in past intelligence files.

Authorities also told reporters they have recovered explosive devices in the driver's seat of the stolen vehicle. The explosives failed to detonate.

UPDATE April 8 at 8:16a.m.:  Swedish police said Saturday that they believe they have arrested the driver of a hijacked beer truck which killed four people and injured 15 others on a busy street in the Swedish capital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday's attack.

Prosecutors said a suspect has been identified and should face a pre-trial custody hearing before midday Tuesday or be released. Charges include terrorist offenses by murder.

UPDATE 3:28 p.m. EST:

Swedish police spokesperson Mauritz Nordin said four people were killed and 12 were injured after a stolen truck rammed into pedestrians on the busiest street in the center of Stockholm, according to CNN.

UPDATE at 10:18a.m.:  Swedish PM said one person was arrested in the deadly truck attack.

In this Instagram post, it appears authorities are at the scene where the truck crashed.

UPDATE 10:01a.m.: Swedish Prime Minister said the truck crash is likely a terror attack.

Eyewitnesses recounted to a reporter seeing "a lot of smoke" in Stockholm.

UPDATE at 9:45a.m.:  Swedish radio says Friday that three people have been killed in the crash and Swedish broadcaster SVT says shots have been fired. People in the area are fleeing the scene.

The Swedish news agency TT says several people have been rushed away in ambulances, and live television footage showed smoke coming out of the department store that the truck smashed into.

More photos from the scene posted to this journalist's Twitter account.

Swedish police said say they have received calls about a person who has injured others driving a vehicle on the central Stockholm street of Drottninggatan.

Police spokeswoman Towe Hagg says people have been injured but she would not confirm the deaths.

UPDATE at 9:38a.m.:  Fox News has reported 3 people are dead via local radio reports.

Periscope footage shows medics and bystanders attending to people at the scene.

UPDATE at 9:34a.m.:  A number of people are reported to be injured after a truck reportedly drove into a crowd of pedestrians Friday, local news reports, according to BBC.

The incident took place on Drottninggatan (Queen Street), one of the city's major pedestrian streets, just before 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT).

Witnesses told local media they have seen people on the ground.

ORIGINAL STORY: A truck has driven into a crowd of people on a street in Stockholm, Sweden, local media reports.

--This story is developing.

Video footage from the area shows pedestrians running in the streets.

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