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Witnesses said the hijacker attempted to target children as he zigzagged on the street.
The attack ended when the truck rammed the Åhléns City department store on the corner of Drottninggatan and Mäster Samuelsgatan.
The Swedish far-right was accused of trying to profit from the attack, producing fake news and circulating fake quotations online.
This included tweets and social media posts from officials of the Sweden Democrats, a right-wing nationalist party.
National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson later said they had found a suspicious object in the driver's seat that "could be a bomb or an incendiary device", and was pending further investigation.
I wish today to first address you who grieve someone you've lost or worry for someone who is injured. We know that our enemies are these awful murderers – not one-another.
However, Sweden's Migration Board ruled that there was no evidence of this, and in late 2016, Akilov was ordered to leave Sweden within four weeks.
Uzbekistan had opened an investigation and charged Akilov with participation in extremist, separatist and fundamentalist groups, as well as with making and distributing material that threatened public security.
The hijacker then drove the truck at high speed into a pedestrian street, going about 500 metres (1,600 ft) down Drottninggatan, one of Stockholm's main shopping streets, hitting pedestrians along the way.In Brussels, where a terrorist attack took place a year earlier, the ING Marnix building near the Throne metro station was also decorated with a moving Swedish flag animation.Responses by the heads of state or foreign ministers of several European countries were issued within hours of the attack.However, discussion among US news media and officials was dominated by the American missile strike in Syria, which happened the same day.
Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, said, "Our sympathy goes to the families of the victims and all those affected and we wish the injured a prompt recovery.
She said that if satisfactory answers could not be given by the Swedish government, Denmark would consider implementing border checks on the Danish side of the border.