2 Tajik suspects in 2017 Stockholm attack reportedly in custody In Syria



Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial April 14, 2017, to commemorate the victims of a terror attack in Stockholm. Five people died when a truck plunged into a crowd on a busy pedestrian street seven days earlier. [Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP]

DAMASCUS -- Two Tajik men accused of involvement in a deadly 2017 truck attack in Stockholm are reportedly in the Syrian government's custody, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported Wednesday (December 18).

One of the men was believed dead until a Turkish TV news story aired in November.

Parviz Saidrahmonov, known as Abu Davud, and Tojiddin Nazarov, known as Abu Osama Noraki, both 32, are wanted in Russia and Tajikistan.

They were accomplices of Rakhmat Akilov, who received a life sentence in Sweden in April 2018, said Swedish authorities. Akilov is an ethnic Tajik from Uzbekistan.

Akilov admitted in court to driving a hijacked truck into pedestrians in Stockholm April 7, 2017, killing three Swedes, a British man and a Belgian woman. The Swedish victims included an 11-year-old girl.

A November 23 Turkish TV report on captured "Islamic State" (IS) members in the Syrian government's hands showed a man who looked like Saidrahmonov. He had been reported dead in 2017.

He is imprisoned in Afrin, according to the report. His sister identified him on the video, a Tajik official told RFE/RL on condition of anonymity.

Tajikistan is working to extradite him, said the official.

As for Nazarov, he is imprisoned in Deir Ezzor city, an RFE/RL source in Turkey said by phone December 18.

Nazarov was IS's most dangerous recruiter in Tajikistan, said Tajik authorities.

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It means he is a Tajik. Sixty percent of those living in Uzbekistan are Tajiks, just so you know