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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
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
The source added that in February this year Uzbekistan's
authorities had put him on a wanted list for people suspected of
(Reporting by Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov; Writing by Olzhas
Auyezov; Editing by Katya Golubkova and Hugh Lawson)