Police chief Dan Eliasson added the suspect was a ‘marginal character’ and was not thought to be under direct surveillance.”
There are just so many of these potential jihadis in Sweden now, the authorities can’t keep track of them all. Everything is going exactly according to the Islamic State’s plan.
Police investigating the Stockholm truck attack have arrested six more suspects after three were bundled out of a car and police raided a property 12 miles from the scene where four died.
Officers smashed the window on the driver’s side of the vehicle, thought to be linked to the atrocity, and took three people into custody at 5pm, local media reported.
Later, heavily armed policemen raided a flat in the suburb of Vårberg and surrounded three people in the courtyard.
Police have not yet commented on the arrests.
Earlier it was revealed a 39-year-old Uzbek man arrested on Friday under suspicion of organising the attack was known to the police and had ISIS propaganda on his laptop.
Police also confirmed a homemade bomb was found inside the truck and the man arrested is ‘likely’ to be the driver.
Witnesses described seeing the killer setting himself alight in a failed attempt to detonate a bomb, said to have been in a suitcase, before fleeing in foot.
The father-of-four was qualified to handle explosives, a former colleague who interviewed him for an asbestos disposal job last autumn has said.
The head of Sweden’s domestic intelligence agency told a press conference the suspect had been on authorities’ radar some time ago.
Anders Thornberg, head of the Swedish Security Service, said: ‘The suspect didn’t appear in our recent files but he earlier has been in our files.’
In a further development, the first victim of the attack has been identified as an 11-year-old girl who was on her way home from school when the Islamist fanatic struck.
Her mother had previously released a desperate appeal for information about her whereabouts on Facebook. MailOnline is not identifying her at this time following a request from her family.
Police chief Dan Eliasson added the suspect was a ‘marginal character’ and was not thought to be under direct surveillance