All four victims of Stockholm attack identified
The families of the four victims of Friday’s presumed terror attack in the Swedish capital have been notified, police tell Swedish Radio. Two Swedes, one Brit and one Belgian are dead, police said at a Sunday press conference.
Three of the victims of Friday’s attack apparently died at the scene on Drottninggatan, while one died at hospital. Ten people are still being treated in hospital and four of them are seriously injured. Five people have been discharged.
A Belgian woman is among the dead, Belgium's foreign minister stated on Twitter.
Nous avons malheureusement perdu une compatriote dans l'attentat à #Stockholm. Je présente mes condoléances à sa famille et à ses proches.— didier reynders (@dreynders) April 9, 2017
According to Belgian newspaper, Le Soir, it took 48 hours for Swedish authorities formally to identify the woman. The news apparently reached Belgian authorities and the woman's relatives on Sunday after she was identified with the help of a DNA test.
National commanding police chief, Jonas Hysing, told Swedish Radio that, in addition to the man suspected of carrying out Friday’s attack, a further seven people have been taken in for questioning.
Police carried out several sweeps in Stockholm over the weekend, but police press spokesperson Eva Nilsson did not want to say if there were any links between Sunday morning’s operation in a northern Stockholm suburb and Friday’s attack in the city centre.
On Saturday night, the barriers around Drottninggatan were removed as police completed their crime-scene investigation. City authorities have begun to clear the area, removing the large amounts of flowers, candles, soft toys and notes left by members of the public as well as by members of the Swedish royal family and politicians.
The flowers and other items will be moved to the large staircase that leads down to the Sergels torg square, opposite the department store that the truck crashed into on Friday afternoon.
Stockholmers continued to visit the site to lay down flowers on Sunday morning and were invited to sign books of condolences at the Stockholm City Hall and at Kulturhuset, a multi-purpose culture venue by Sergels torg.
The City of Stockholm has also opened up its premises to the public for crisis support at the address Hantverkargatan 3D.
A “love demonstration” is due to take place at Sergels torg at 2pm on Sunday. It will be aired live on Swedish Television, the national public-service broadcaster. Organisers have urged attendees not to bring signs with political messages. There will be speeches and performances as well as a minute of silence at 2:53pm, marking 48 hours since the attack started on Friday.
The government has also called for a national minute of silence at noon on Monday.