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Johan Eriksson (L), defence counsel to Uzbek national Rakhmat Akilov (not in picture), the prime suspect in the Stockholm truck attack, talks to journalists prior to remand hearings at Stockholm District Court on Tuesday.
39-year-old Uzbek national Akilov suspected of mowing down a crowd of people on a busy Stockholm street in a stolen truck admitted committing “a terrorist crime,” his lawyer said. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM — A Swedish lawyer said the driver of a stolen truck who is suspected of ramming into a crowd in central Stockholm has admitted his guilt. Four people were killed and 15 others wounded.
Johan Eriksson said outside the Stockholm District Court on Tuesday that Rakhmat Akilov “acknowledges the terrorist charge and agrees to be arrested.”
Eriksson was speaking to reporters outside the courthouse minutes before the court was scheduled to decide on a formal order by prosecutors to continue the detention of the 39-year-old Uzbek-born man.
Akilov allegedly drove the stolen beer truck into a crowd outside an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday afternoon. He was detained by police hours later and arrested early Saturday.