Uzbekistan says had warned West about Stockholm attack suspect

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TASHKENT, April 14 (Reuters) - Uzbekistan's security

services passed information on Rakhmat Akilov, the man accused

of ramming a truck into a crowd of people in Stockholm last

week, to the West before the deadly attack, Foreign Minister

Abdulaziz Kamilov said on Friday.

Kamilov told reporters Akilov had been recruited by the

Islamic State militant group after he left the Central Asian

nation in 2014 and settled in Sweden.

"According to the information that we have, he actively

urged his compatriots to travel to Syria in order to fight on

Islamic State's side," Kamilov said, adding that Akilov had used

online messaging services.

"Earlier (before the attack), information on Akilov's

criminal actions had been passed by security services to one of

our Western partners so that the Swedish side could be

informed," he said without identifying the intermediary country

or organisation.

An Uzbek security source said this week that Akilov had

tried to travel to Syria himself in 2015 to join Islamic State

but was detained at the Turkish-Syrian border and deported back

to Sweden.

The source added that in February this year Uzbekistan's

authorities had put him on a wanted list for people suspected of

religious extremism.

(Reporting by Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov; Writing by Olzhas

Auyezov; Editing by Katya Golubkova and Hugh Lawson)