Stockholm lorry attack suspect 'confesses to terrorist crime' says lawyer

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Four people were killed and 15 others were injured in the attack on Friday

Four people were killed and 15 others were injured in the attack on Friday
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A 39-year-old Uzbek national suspected of mowing down a crowd of people on a busy Stockholm street in a stolen truck on Tuesday admitted committing "a terrorist crime," his lawyer said.

Rakhmat Akilov "confesses to a terrorist crime and accepts his custody detention," his lawyer Johan Eriksson told a court custody hearing in Stockholm. 

Four people were killed and 15 others were injured in the attack on Friday. 

Appearing in the heavily guarded Stockholm District Court wearing a thick green hoodie and holding his head down, Akilov was known to have shown interest in jihadist organisations according to the police. 

After Eriksson's statement, the rest of the hearing was held behind closed doors at the request of the public prosecutor's office and journalists were told to wait outside. 

The announcement came one day after the suspect had demanded that his state-appointed lawyer be replaced with a Sunni Muslim - a request that was refused.