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Stockholm truck attacker pleads guilty as terrorism trial opens

AFP  |  Stockholm 

An Uzbek asylum seeker who confessed to wanting to mow down "infidels" in an April 2017 truck attack that killed five people pleaded guilty to terrorism charges today as his trial opened.

Rakhmat Akilov appeared in the courtroom, handcuffed amid tight security, wearing green prison clothes and with a and a beard, accompanied by his

Akilov, whose Swedish asylum application had been rejected in 2016, had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) on the eve of his assault in one of Europe's safest cities, though the jihadist group never claimed responsibility.

On the afternoon of Friday, April 7, Akilov stole a beer delivery truck and barrelled down a bustling pedestrian shopping street, swerving wildly to hit as many people as possible. He killed five and injured 10.

Rakhmat "Akilov took the truck ... and drove it the way the described. He killed five people and physically injured 10," his told the court.

"The motive was to instigate fear and to get to end its participation in the coalition against the Islamic State," he added.

Akilov fled the scene and was arrested several hours later thanks to public transport video surveillance images. He confessed in police questioning.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 15:20 IST