The Uzbekistani Muslim was arrested for trying to drive over people and into a crowd in Östersund
Monday 19 August - A man has been arrested on probable cause for plotting terrorist offenses. He tried to drive over people and into a crowd in Östersund on Wednesday, according to information given to Aftonbladet.
The man is also being investigated for links to convicted terrorist Rakhmat Akilov. He is thought to be from Uzbekistan, according to information from Sweden’s Radio Ekot. He is now suspected of plotting murder.
It was on Wednesday that the man was arrested for probable cause of plotting for murder.
Witnesses have described the man’s driving as strange and he was arrested by police after his car got stuck in a stone foundation in central Östersund.
From the car, which is registered with an entrepreneur in the county who is currently on vacation, the police made various seizures that are reported to be relevant to the investigation. The entrepreneur confirmed that he owns the car and says it has not been reported stolen.
On Thursday morning, the National Security Unit stated that the case had been taken over from the police and that it was re-classified as a plot for a terrorist crime.
'That’s right, we have taken over the investigation and I am the preliminary investigator,' says Henrik Olin, prosecutor at the National Unit for Security Objectives to Aftonbladet.
The Security Police has taken over a preliminary investigation from the police in the North region, says Gabriel Wernstedt, press secretary at Säpo.
But according to Aftonbladet, the now-arrested man is suspected of trying to drive over people and into the crowd in Östersund.
He will also be investigated for links to terrorist convicted Rakhmat Akilov, who killed five people in the attack on Drottninggatan 2017. According to sources from Sweden’s Radio Ekot, the suspect, like Akilov, is from Uzbekistan.
During the weekend, the police will increase their accessibility in Östersund, but emphasize that there are no grounds for worrying about further incidents.
Editor's comment - Given the out-of-control security situation in Sweden, there are plenty of grounds for worrying about further incidents. Not that the Swedish state will admit it to the population, of course.