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.