Sweden truck attack suspect tried to join Islamic State: Uzbek security source

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Posted: Apr 12, 2017 8:55 AM

TASHKENT (Reuters) - An Uzbek man suspected of ramming a truck into a crowd of people in the Swedish capital Stockholm had tried to travel to Syria in 2015 to join the Islamic State group, an Uzbekistan security source said on Wednesday.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the suspect, Rakhmat Akilov, was an ethnic Tajik who while living in Sweden came under the influence of a Tajik Islamic State cell.

Akilov was detained at the Turkish-Syrian border in 2015 and deported to Sweden, the source said. The source also said that in February this year Uzbekistan's authorities had put Akilov on a wanted list for people suspected of religious extremism.

(Reporting by Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Olzhas Auyezov)