A truck crashed into a department store in central Stockholm, Sweden, and shots have reportedly been fired ias well, according to Swedish authorities. At least two people are dead, and the shocking incident is being treated as an act of terrorism.
UPDATE: The driver of the truck that slammed through a busy pedestrian street and not a department store is not in custody, Anders Thornberg, head of Sweden’s Security Police, told reporters in Stockholm. A “person of interest” is being investigated, and anyone who has information about their identity is being urged to come forward.
UPDATE: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven tweeted, “Sweden is under attack. All indications are that it is terrorism. Be careful and listen to police information.” The Mall of Scandinavia, Sweden’s biggest mall, was evacuated following the attack.
UPDATE: “Everything points at a terror attack, no question about it… People are reacting calmly to the situation, they understand it,” says former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt.
UPDATE: The truck used in the terrorist attack was confirmed to be hijacked earlier in the day, per Swedish Security Services. They are still trying to determine if there was more than one attacker, who the attacker is, and what their possible motive may be.
UPDATE: Many things point to this being a terror attack,” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told media in Sweden.
A truck barreled through the crowds on Drottninggatan, one of the busiest streets in downtown Stockholm, Sweden, and then crashed into the window of Ahlens department store, around 3:00pm local time on April 7. The incident left at least two people dead and multiple others injured (exact number unknown), according to local authorities, and is being treated as an act of terrorism.
“Plenty of people have been injured and some have died in the attack that just hit Stockholm,” said Nina Odermalm Schei, head of press for the Swedish Security Service. “We are still trying to determine who the attacker was, if the attack was carried by one or more people, and the number of injured. We are treating it as an attack, without specifications.”
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Gunshots reportedly rang out shortly afterward, in what is being treated as a terroristic act. Eyewitnesses told Swedish news outlet SVT that multiple people are on the ground, injured. “There is total confusion, I do not know how many are injured, many people are totally shocked,” Leif Arnmar, who works at Ahlens, told the outlet.
Footage from the scene shows hundreds of people sprinting from the area after the truck crashes, and gunshots are heard. It’s unclear at this point where the gunshots are coming from — if they’re from the truck driver. Drottninggatan is the largest pedestrianized shopping street in Stockholm, and very close to the city’s main train station. All train and metro lines in Stockholm have been suspended until further notice. The Swedish Parliament building is on lockdown.
The Stockholm attack took place just over 600 feet away from where a suicide bomber’s weapon prematurely went off in 2010. The attacker was attempting to make it to a more crowded shopping area on Drottninggatan, but his bomb accidentally went off too early.
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