Rakhmat Akilov, asylum seeker, prosecuted for deliberately driving by a truck, killing five peoples last April in Stockholm, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) preparing the bombing for months, prosecutors say.
Born in Uzbekistan, this man says that he wants ” Kill infidels”, talking about how to make a bomb or seeks spiritual support before committing what he calls a “martyrdom operation”.
His motive was to punish Sweden for participating in the war against ISIS said prosecutor Hans Ihrman during a press conference.
Akilov, whose trial is set to open next month, is accused of a terrorist attack. Prosecutors demand life imprisonment. On April 7, 2017, after stealing a delivery truck parked in front of a restaurant in central Stockholm. He drove fast along a pedestrian street, killing several passers before to crash into the shop window.
Three Swedes, including an 11-year-old girl, a 41-year-old Briton and a 31-year-old Belgian were killed. About fifteen other people were injured.