Brussels. April 12. INTERFAX – a Citizen of Uzbekistan Rakhmat Akilov, pleaded guilty for the attack in Central Stockholm on April 7, poorly versed in Islam, but spoke in support of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (banned in Russia), said in an interview with Swedish radio “Ekot” friend of the detainee.
The source, who asked to call him by his name Farshad, announced that R. Akilov at the time, good money, working as a welder in Samarkand, before, for unknown reasons, decided to come to Sweden.
The official radio station said that the behavior of R. Akilov has changed dramatically in the summer of 2016, when the Swedish authorities refused to grant him refugee status. The radio station notes that some friends R. Akilov also confirmed that at that time, the man became irritable and began to take drugs.
In turn, the Swedish newspaper “Expressen” reported that R. Akilov visited the underground mosque in the suburbs of the Swedish capital, where it may have come into contact with members of the IG. In addition, the newspaper reported that before coming to Sweden R. Akilov was in Turkey, where possible, were also influenced by extremists.
Last Friday in Central Stockholm suicide in a stolen truck made a deliberate impact on pedestrians. In the attack four people were killed and 15 were injured.