Uzbek sus­pect pleads guilty in Stockholm truck ram­page

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STOCKHOLM | A 39-year-old old Uzbek man has pleaded guilty to a ter­ror­ist crime after ram­ming a truck into a crowd in Stockholm, killing four peo­ple and wound­ing 15, his lawyer said Tues­day.

The Stockholm District Court ruled Tues­day that po­lice may de­tain Rakhmat Ak­ilov for a month. After the court hear­ing, de­fense lawyer Jo­han Eriks­son said Ak­ilov is plead­ing guilty to Fri­day’s at­tack and that his client could re­main jailed as long as it takes to re­solve the case.

Po­lice de­tained Ak­ilov on Fri­day after he drove the stolen beer truck into a crowd out­side an up­scale depart­ment store in cen­tral Stockholm in the af­ter­noon. Po­lice have not given a mo­tive for the at­tack and no ex­trem­ist group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity, but po­lice chief Dan Elias­son said that after ques­tion­ing him they have be­come in­creas­ingly “con­vinced that we have the right sus­pect.”

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