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Stockholm attack suspect sympathetic to Islamic State, police say

Another 15 people were injured on Friday when a hijacked beer delivery truck barreled down a busy shopping street before crashing into a department store and catching fire.

It was the second terror attack in Stockholm. Swedish prosecutor Hans Ihrman said a perso.

Organisers said up to 50,000 people took part in the vigil, held after the driver of a stolen truck mowed down shoppers before slamming into the facade of the bustling Ahlens department store on Friday afternoon.

He added: "In December 2016, he was informed by the Migration Agency that he had four weeks to leave the country".

The suspect had applied for residency in Sweden in 2014 but his application was rejected in December previous year, another police spokesman, Jan Evensson, told reporters.

Swedish borders have been tightened at the request of the country's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven - who call the incident a terrorist attack. None of them have been identified.

Police had found a suspect device in the cab of the truck. "In February 2017, the case was handed over to the police to carry out the order, since the person had gone underground", he said.

Minister Didier Reyders says "we have unfortunately have a lost a compatriot in the Stockholm attack".

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No other details about the person were disclosed.

Sweden has always been known for its open-door policy toward migrants and refugees.

"We know he has been sympathetic to extremist organizations", said Jonas Hysing of Sweden's national police.

"The efforts to locate (these people) is both time-consuming and resource-intensive", he said.

Swedish national flags placed between flowers in fence near the department store Ahlens following a suspected terror attack in central Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, April 8, 2017.

"Do we somehow need a more repressive policy?"

The 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan was known to security services and remains in custody.

"It's very important to stay strong together against anything that wants to change our society, which is based on democracy", said one participant in the vigil who gave her name only as Marianne, attending with her elderly mother.

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Addressing tens of thousands of people rallying in bright sunshine on the downtown Sergelstorg square, organizer Rickard Sjoberg noted that many in the crowd probably were from out of town.

According to The Daily Mail, Uzbekistan-born Rakhmat Akilov is a father to four children, and his identity was revealed due to him matching the physical description of two photos taken a year ago as part of an investigation launched in order to find out whether this man was indeed planning a terrorist attack, as his name had appeared on a list of those individuals who needed to be looked into by security personnel. Their identities were not released by Swedish officials.

The British government named the Briton as Chris Bevington, an executive at Swedish music-streaming service Spotify. Fifteen people were injured, four of whom were in critical condition.

The incident comes on the heels of several similar attacks in Europe - a man rammed his vehicle into a crowd in London near Parliament in March, killing five people.

"I thought everyone would run past me and save themselves", Papusa Ciuraru, whose foot was crushed by a boulder displaced by the speeding truck, told the Expressen daily.

For Charlotte, a Stockholm resident, the attack brought people closer even if they didn't always show it.

Evensson said authorities have questioned more than 500 people in the investigation so far. Britain's Press Association news agency said he was 41.

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