- Title: Thousands gather at vigil for victims of Stockholm attack
- Date: 9th April 2017
- Summary: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (APRIL 9, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CROWD GATHERING FOR "LOVEFEST" VIGIL AT SERGELS TORG, STOCKHOLM'S MAIN SQUARE SOUNDBITE (Swedish) 26 YEAR-OLD STOCKHOLM RESIDENT WORKING IN RECRUITMENT, ANNA LILJEGREN SAYING: "Now it's strength, it's a very strong society today. It's great to see people gathering and showing support together." VARIOUS OF ARMED POLICE OFFICER SOUNDBITE (English) 23 YEAR-OLD STUDENT, EBBA, SAYING: "I think it's ... I feel almost, I feel very proud, sort of, and I'm glad that people are more strong than scared." CROWD GATHERED AT SQUARE HUSAM KRANDA, LIBYAN LIVING IN STOKHOLM AND HIS WIFE STANDING WITH STROLLER SOUNDBITE (English) LIBYAN LIVING IN STOCKHOLM SINCE 2012, HUSAM KRANDA, SAYING: "We believe, like, it's our duty to come here and show, like, our support for the Swedish society. I know it's a difficult time, there's a lot of going on within, like, within the Swedish society or internationally. But today is, like, not about that, it's about, like, showing support for our neighbours and our beloved ones." PEOPLE GATHERED AT "LOVE" VIGIL SOUNDBITE (English) HUSA, KRANDAâ€™S WIFE, UZBEK LIVING IN STOCKHOLM SINCE 2015, IRANA MAMEDOVA, SAYING: "I feel like, I really feel ashamed (of) that man, because this country give him everything, this country give him peace, this country give him... and he act like, I don't know, he's a monster, so, it's really terrible." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE STANDING POLICE OFFICERS STANDING PEOPLE GATHERING
- Embargoed: 23rd April 2017 15:25
- Keywords: police truck demonstration flowers Stockholm
- Location: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
- City: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
- Country: Sweden
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,International/National Security
- Reuters ID: LVA0016BOFPS7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Thousands of people gathered at Stockholm's Sergels Torg square on Sunday (April 9), only yards from the scene of Friday's truck attack in a show of unity with heavily armed police standing guard and a police helicopter hovering overhead.
Among the multi-ethnic gathering which underlined Stockholm's cosmopolitan character, was Husam Kranda, a Libyan who has lived in Sweden for the past five years.
"We believe it's our duty to come here and show our support for the Swedish society," Kranda, who works as a translator said.
He was joined by his wife, Irana Mamedova, originally from Uzbekistan.
"I really feel ashamed (of) that man, because this country give him everything, this country give him peace," she said of the Uzbek suspect.
"He is a monster," she said holding a bunch of yellow roses she brought to honour the victims.
The suspect, an Uzbek man detained by the police a few hours after the attack, rammed a truck into a crowd in Stockholm, killing four people and injuring 15 on Friday (April 7).
Swedish police said on Sunday the suspect had expressed sympathy for Islamic State and was wanted for failing to comply with a deportation order.
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