Stockholm terror attack: Five dead as hijacked truck ploughs into pedestrians outside department store

  • Truck is hijacked and driven into Stockholm department store
  • At least five dead and many injured after terror attack
  • Witnesses report hundreds of shoppers running for their lives
  • One person arrested as Swedish capital goes into lockdown
  • Swedish Prime Minister: Everything indicates this is terrorism
  • Crash comes after trucks used in Nice and Berlin atrocities

At least five people are dead and many more injured after a terror attack that saw a hijacked lorry plough into pedestrians outside a Stockholm department store.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said it appeared the crash was “a terror attack” and the country’s intelligence service said there was “a large number of injured”.

Mr Lofven said a suspect had been arrested in connection with the attack, which is reported to have involved gunshots, in the Swedish capital on Friday afternoon.

Blood stains were visible on the streets along with bodies covered in blankets in the aftermath of the incident in Drottninggatan, a street in a busy shopping district.

Paramedics could also be seen tending to the injured near the lorry, which was embedded in the corner of a shopping mall with its cab burning.

The attack comes after trucks were used in terror attacks in Nice and Berlin last year and just two weeks after Muslim convert Khalid Masood ploughed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London.

2:25pm

Swedish radio – three dead

Sweden’s Ekot public radio reports that at least three people have been killed in the crash.

2:41pm

Police treating crash as possible terror attack

Swedish Police are treating the incident as a possible terror attack, according to the SVT channel.

The force said it has received information about possible shots being fired, but the information is not yet confirmed.

Pictures show lorry crashed into department store

Pictures on social media showed the lorry had crashed into the corner of a department store with its cab on fire.

An Aftonbladet reporter on the scene said police suspected the crash was terror related.

Other reports said bodies had been covered by blankets at the scene of the crash.

2:54pm

Police confirm at least two killed and many injured

Swedish police have confirmed that at least two people have been killed and many injured in the Stockholm incident. It has issued a warning to avoid the city centre. All subway traffic has been shut down.

3:02pm

Swedish PM: Everything indicates crash is terror attack

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has said everything indicates that the Stockholm truck crash is “a terror attack”.

The Swedish intelligence agency also described the truck crash as an attack not an accident.

3:08pm

Truck was hijacked, brewery company that owns it says

The Local reports that the Swedish brewery company Spendrups, which owns the truck, said it had been hijacked earlier in the day, reports Peter Foster.

“It’s one of our distribution vehicles which runs deliveries. During a delivery to the restaurant Caliente someone jumped into the driver’s cabin and drove off with the car, while the driver unloads,” communication director Mårten Lyth told the TT news agency.

3:11pm

Crash comes after trucks used in Nice and Berlin attacks

The Swedish intelligence agency has said “a large number of people have been injured” after the crash.

It comes after trucks were used in terror attacks in Nice and Berlin last year.

3:24pm

Death toll rises to five after truck terror attack

At least five people are now confirmed dead and many more injured after the terror attack,  Swedish broadcaster SVT reported.

 

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