Stockholm terror suspect Rakhmat Akilov has been formally charged. On Tuesday prosecutor Hans Ihrman submitted the indictment against Akilov to the Stockholm District Court.
Akilov is charged with terrorist offences, and attempted terrorist offenses.
According to the indictment, Akilov caused an explosion in the cabin of the truck, causing potential bodily harm to people in the vicinity of the truck after steering it through Drottninggatan in central Stockholm.
According to the indictment, submitted by prosecutor Hans Ihrman on Tuesday, 39-year-old Rakhmat Akilov carried out the attack in order to strike fear into the general public. Online conversations show that the purpose of the attack was to persuade Sweden to end its involvement in a military education program in Iraq.
One day prior to the attack, Akilov recorded two video clips where he pledged his allegiance to the terrorist group IS. The clips were sent to two persons on the same day they were recorded. The charges also state that Akilov on several occasions offered to perform a terrorist act in Stockholm on behalf of IS. These offers were made in online conversations.
According to the digital forensic analysis, Rakhmat Akilov used online chat services prior to, and in direct connection with, the attack on Drottninggatan. He also sent pictures from inside the truck to one of his contacts. In one clip, recorded an hour before the attack in central Stockholm, Akilov states that ”it's time to kill”.
Akilov planned the attack by gathering information about the crimescene and by acquiring equipment to facilitate the explosion.
Rakhmat Akilov caused an explosion in the cabin of the truck, using a home-made shrapnel bomb constructed using lighter fluid, bolts, a knife blade and other metal objects. The explosion could potentially have harmed people in the vicinity of the truck, according to the indictment.
Among the evidence presented are photos taken by Akilov himself. They show that he was at the scene of the crime prior to the attack in order to gather intelligence and prepare for the attack.
According to the indictment Akilov acted alone. However, the indictment states that he asked a young man in Southern Sweden to assist him in the act. In a text message, Akilov informs the young man about his plans, saying that he wants to ”plough through people”.
During a press conference lead prosecutor Hans Ihrman said about Akilov:
”My aim is that he will never be able to move freely in our society.”
Five people were killed and 19 people were severely injured in the attack on Drottninggatan on April 7, 2017.