Uzbek man sentenced to life imprisonment by Swedish Court after terrorist attack in Stockholm in 2017

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A Swedish court sentenced Rakhmat Akilov, a failed Uzbek asylum seeker, to life in prison on Thursday for killing five people and injuring another 10 when he slammed a stolen truck into shoppers on a busy street in Stockholm in April 2017.

On 7 April 2017, in central Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, a hijacked lorry was deliberately driven into crowds along Drottninggatan (Queen Street) before being crashed through a corner of an Åhléns department store. Five people were killed and 14 others were seriously injured.

“The defendant has among a series of crimes been found guilty of terrorist offence by murder in five cases. The penalty has been set to life imprisonment,” the Stockholm District Court said in a statement.

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