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Stockholm attack: Sweden observes minute's silence for victims

Stockholm attack: Sweden observes minute's silence for victims

Swedish royalty, foreign diplomats and politicians were among the crowds gathered for a noon observance outside Stockholm City Hall, where Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said "the whole of Sweden" sympathized with the families and friends of the victims. Over the weekend, authorities expressed confidence that the man they arrested was responsible for the attack.

Three others were killed and 15 were injured in the attack, which police believe was carried out by a 38-year-old from Uzbekistan who was refused residency. A similar attack occurred in Paris less than a year ago.

Police said he is an asylum seeker who had his residence application rejected and was wanted for deportation.

National Coordinator Against Violent Extremism Anna Carlstedt, who used to lead the Red Cross in Sweden, said Friday's attack and the background of the suspect posed "difficult questions".

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In a statement, his father John Bevington said: "We are all devastated by the untimely and tragic death of our talented, compassionate and caring son Chris".

"But today, were all Stockholmers", he said to huge applause.

Police have identified all four victims of the attack, including two Swedes and a Belgian as well as Mr Bevington. Their identities were not released by Swedish officials.

The 41-year-old was director of global partnerships for music streaming site Spotify and had been based in Stockholm for several years.

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A woman offers free hugs in the reopened Drottninggatan, one of the cities main shopping streets where the department store Ahlens is located, in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, April 9, 2017. Tunis had not sent the relevant identity documents for its citizen to German authorities so he remained in the country before carrying out an attack that killed 12 people.

But others passing the scene were enjoying a lunchtime run, or out walking their dogs along the nearby tree-lined waterfront - a sign of the resolution demonstrated by Stockholmers in recent days.

According to police, components were found in the stolen truck that could be used to make a "dangerous" object. A hijacked truck was driven into a crowd of pedestrians and crashed into a department store on Friday.

The Ahlens store described it as "a bad decision" on its Facebook page, saying its motivation "was born out of the idea of standing up for transparency and not allowing evil forces take control of our lives".

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