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Ebba Åkerlund went missing in the carnage
Ebba Åkerlund went missing in the panic after a jihadist ploughed into innocent pedestrians in a busy shopping district of Sweden’s capital.
Her distraught family launched a social media appeal to find the youngster after she failed to return home, desperately hoping someone had seen her walk away from the atrocious attack.
An image of the smiling schoolgirl flooded Twitter and Facebook, showing her wearing butterfly earnings and a denim jacket, with her long flowing hair draped over one shoulder.
But she has now been confirmed as one of the four killed.
Rakhmat Akilov, 39, admitted carrying out the deadly attack
Her parents are believed to have discovered on Saturday that their daughter did not walk away from the carnage.
In a statement, Ebba's family said: “With all our heart we thank the Swedish people for all the warmth and love you have given us in a time of despair and pain.
“We now need peace and quiet to process our grief and ask for your understanding that we need to do it in peace.”
Stockholm terror attack in pictures
Fri, April 7, 2017
The vehicle drove into crowds on Drottninggatan (Queen Street) – one of the city's major pedestrian streets, just before 3pm local time, before crashing into Åhlens Mall
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Truck rams into crowds in central Stockholm
Her family added Ebba knew her route home well, and would take the bus to central Stockholm before switching to the subway on route back to her parents’ home.
Rakhmat Akilov, 39, yesterday admitted carrying out the Islamic State inspired rampage in which four people were killed.
Three other victims in the terrorist attack have been named as Lena Wahlberg, 69, from Sweden, 41-year-old father-of-two Chris Bevington from Britain and Maïlys Dereymaeker, 31, from Belgium.
The youngster was walking home from school when she was killed
Father-of-two Chris Bevington from Britain was also among the victims
With all our heart we thank the Swedish people for all the warmth and love you have given us in a time of despair and pain.
Family of schoolgirl Ebba Åkerlund, 11
The construction worker from Uzbekistan told police of his ISIS sympathies, and has previously expressed support for extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
And officers have revealed the killer was being sought by deportation officers when he used the 30-ton truck to mow down pedestrians on the Swedish capital’s main shopping street.
The 30-ton beer truck mowed into pedestrians at the busy shopping centre
He appeared in court yesterday, where his lawyer, Johan Eriksson, revealed he admitted carrying out the terrorist act.
After the court hearing, Mr Eriksson said Akilov is "pleading guilty" to Friday's attack but said he was not allowed to say more about the case.
but a trial may not take place for another year as authorities try to establish whether he was working on the orders of a terror cell.