Horror swept through the Swedish capital as a suspected jihadi terrorist plowed a beer delivery truck into a crowded shopping street leaving at least 15 injured.
Thousands of Swedes gathered in Stockholm on Sunday in a “love manifestation” rally to show support and solidarity.
Speaking to SVT on Sunday evening, the Swedish PM said terrorism will never defeat the Nordic country and it will remain united in the face of such atrocities.
The declaration came after Mr Löfven was asked: “The Swedish people have shown solidarity and conciliation after this attack but the terrorists want to increase fear, to create division in society. How do you view this risk?”
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Swedish PM Stefan Lofven said his country would not be defeated by terrorism
To which he responded: “I believe today’s [gathering] was a clear message from Stockholm and Sweden that we intend to keep our open, warm and inclusive society.
“That was the message. Terrorism will never defeat Sweden.”
Speaking at a Social Democrat party conference this weekend, a visibly moved Mr Löfven also expressed his pride in Sweden for its response to the attack.
He said: “I am proud to have you as fellow countrymen. You can take this pride [in your actions] with you for the rest of your lives.
Terrorism will never defeat Sweden
“Friends, this is our fundamental challenge, as social democrats and as Swedes, during this conference and this decade. We are here to respond to this uncertainty.”
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The Swedish PM added the work to combat terrorism must continue across party lines: “We will now invite the other parties that passed the national strategy against terrorism so that this work can be continued.
“We must prevent, obstruct and defend against terrorism with all the resources at our disposal. We will chase these killers with all the strength of our democracy.”
Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old male, is currently in police custody suspected of having carried out the terror attack in Stockholm.
The 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
Jan Evensson, the police Regional Strategic Commander, told a news conference the suspect had applied for asylum in Sweden but was rejected.
He said: "He has applied for permanent residence in Sweden and he was denied that. He was wanted by police though he has not been in custody of the migration office.
"The Migration Agency rejected [his application] in June 2016 and also decided that he was to be expelled."
Swedish officials have also confirmed the suspect was known to authorities prior to the attack.
Mr Bevington is believed to have been living in the Swedish capital for around 10 years and was a director with the online music streaming firm Spotify.
A statement from his father John Bevington said: “We are all devastated by the untimely and tragic death of our talented, compassionate and caring son Chris. A wonderful husband, son, father, brother and close friend to many. The family requests absolute privacy at this incredibly difficult time to mourn his passing in peace.”
The others dead are a female Belgian tourist, 31, and two Swedes including an 11-year-old girl who was walking home from school. Police said all have been identified and their relatives informed.