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THE STOCKHOLM truck attack suspect was a failed asylum seeker who had his application rejected, according to Swedish police.

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The 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan, who drove the truck into a crowd killing four people, was wanted in connection with a deportation order.

Regional Strategic Commander Jan Evensson told a news conference that the suspect had applied for asylum in Sweden but was rejected.

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He said: "He has applied for permit residence in Sweden and he was denied that. He was wanted by police though he has not been in custody of the migration office."

Swedish records showed that he had applied for residency in 2014 but his application was denied.

He was on the police radar due to his immigration status.

But sources told Sky News that he was denied asylum because he "used a fake name in his application."

See Also: Seven held by Swedish authorities after Stockholm truck attack

Additionally, he showed a deep interest in extremist material and groups, the police said.


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Shortly after the attack police released this CCTV image of the suspect in the Stockholm attack

The suspect was taken into custody on Friday.

He was arrested and is being held on suspicion of “terrorist crimes through murder.”

Police must bring him to court to appear before a judge by midday on Monday.

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