Sweden truck attack suspect tried to join ISIS: Uzbek security source

An artist's impression made and released on April 11, 2017 shows Uzbek national Rakhmat Akilov (centre) with his defence counsels during his remand hearing in the Stockholm District Court.
An artist's impression made and released on April 11, 2017 shows Uzbek national Rakhmat Akilov (centre) with his defence counsels during his remand hearing in the Stockholm District Court.PHOTO: AFP

TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN (Reuters) - An Uzbek man suspected of ramming a truck into a crowd of people in the Swedish capital Stockholm had tried to travel to Syria in 2015 to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an Uzbekistan security source said on Wednesday (April 12).

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the suspect, Rakhmat Akilov, was an ethnic Tajik who while living in Sweden came under the influence of a Tajik ISIS cell.

Akilov was detained at the Turkish-Syrian border in 2015 and deported to Sweden, the source said. The source also said that in February this year Uzbekistan's authorities had put Akilov on a wanted list for people suspected of religious extremism.