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Explosives found in truck used in Stockholm attack as driver arrested

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Police have found explosives in the truck used in the attack in Stockholm, Swedish television said on Saturday citing multiple unnamed police sources.

Swedish public broadcaster SVT said that police had found a bag containing explosives.

The head of the Swedish Security Police told Swedish TV4 that he could not confirm whether explosives had been found.

A truck have crashed into a department store Ahlens at Drottninggatan in the central of Stockholm, Sweden April 7, 2017. Reuters
A truck have crashed into a department store Ahlens at Drottninggatan in the central of Stockholm, Sweden April 7, 2017. Reuters

Swedish police said Saturday that a man arrested on "suspicion of terrorist crime" was likely to be the driver of the truck.

"We suspect that the man who was arrested is the perpetrator," Stockholm police spokesman Lars Bystrom told AFP.

The attack on Friday killed four people and injured 15, nine of them seriously.

Several dead bodies are seen after a truck crashed into a department store Ahlens, in central Stockholm. (Reuters)
Several dead bodies are seen after a truck crashed into a department store Ahlens, in central Stockholm. (Reuters)

Police had earlier said they had detained a man who "matched the description" of a photo released of a suspect wearing a dark hoodie and military green jacket.

Bystrom said the arrested man "could be the same person in the picture".

According to the newspaper Aftonbladet, the individual in the photo is a 39-year-old man of Uzbek origin and a supporter of ISIS group.

If confirmed as a terror attack, it would be Sweden's first such deadly assault.

The attack occurred just before 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) when a stolen beer truck slammed into the corner of the bustling Ahlens store and the popular pedestrian street Drottninggatan.

Friday's attack was the latest in a string of similar assaults with vehicles in Europe, including in London, Berlin and the southern French city of Nice.

(With AFP and Reuters)