Uzbekistan warned West about Stockholm truck attack suspect in advance

REUTERS
TASHKENT
Published 14.04.2017 11:30
Updated 14.04.2017 11:39
Police vans block the street outside Stockholm District Court as Uzbek national Rakhmat Akilov, prime suspect in Friday's truck attack, appeared in court on April 11, 2017. (AFP Photo)
Police vans block the street outside Stockholm District Court as Uzbek national Rakhmat Akilov, prime suspect in Friday's truck attack, appeared in court on April 11, 2017. (AFP Photo)

Uzbekistan's security services passed information on Rakhmat Akilov, the man accused of ramming a truck into a crowd of people in Stockholm last week, to the West before the deadly attack, Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov said on Friday.

Kamilov told reporters Akilov had been recruited by the Daesh terrorist group after he left the Central Asian nation in 2014 and settled in Sweden.

"According to the information that we have, he actively urged his compatriots to travel to Syria in order to fight on Daesh' side," Kamilov said, adding that Akilov had used online messaging services.

"Earlier (before the attack), information on Akilov's criminal actions had been passed by security services to one of our Western partners so that the Swedish side could be informed," he said without identifying the intermediary country or organisation.

An Uzbek security source said this week that Akilov had tried to travel to Syria himself in 2015 to join Daesh but was detained at the Turkish-Syrian border and deported back to Sweden.

The source added that in February this year Uzbekistan's authorities had put him on a wanted list.

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