The man who attacked people using a high-speed lorry which he ploughed through a busy street in Drottningatan in Stockholm has been jailed for life.
He was convicted of terrorist crimes for the attack which killed five people and injured 10 more last year in an incident which shook Sweden and beyond.
Rakhmat Akilov, 40, had expressed sympathy for the Islamic State (IS) group before the attack in Stockholm.
IS did not announce whether it was behind the attack and therefore the burden to prove that it was a crime of terror rested on the shoulders of the prosecutors. Today, the court delivered it’s much-awaited verdict that it was a terror attack.
Akhilov had his application for asylum rejected by the country’s migration agency prior to the attack.
He left Uzbekistan for Sweden in 2014.
Following the rejection of his application for residency, he was told in December 2016 that he had four weeks to leave the country.
‘He disappeared and, a few months before the attack, was put on an official wanted list.’
According to a BBC report, ‘police discovered an explosive device inside the lorry which was made up of gas canisters and nails. It did not explode properly and only caused fire damage to the vehicle.
Akilov reportedly ran from the scene still covered in blood and glass, but was arrested hours later in a northern suburb of Stockholm.’