Beer truck in Stockholm attack was hijacked

Swedish police were on a manhunt for the driver of the stolen truck who slammed into a crowd of people on Friday outside a department store in Stockholm, killing at least three and injuring more.

The European Union and countries across the continent are offering Sweden support and solidarity following what the Swedish government says appears to be a terrorist attack using a vehicle in central Stockholm.

Police late Friday said they had arrested one man in connection with the attack.

A hijacked beer truck plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in the center of Stockholm on Friday, killing at least two people and sending hundreds fleeing in fear.

The truck crashed into the Ahlens department store near the busy Drottninggatan pedestrian area in the early afternoon.

"We stood inside a shoe store, and we heard a noise, and so people start screaming", he told Aftonbladet newspaper.

"I have a picture of a person who has been seen at the location at this point in time". Police have reportedly also said that shots had been fired in the area, though details have yet to be officially confirmed.

"We're being told to stay here", he said.

This also follows similar terrorist attacks in Nice and Berlin a year ago, in which attackers hijacked lorries and ploughed into large groups of people. "It's a complete mess here", he told Swedish state radio Ekot. Police have, however, told people to leave the city centre.

The incident, treated as a terrorist attack took place 100 meters from the Indian Embassy.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said "one of Europe's most vibrant and colorful cities appears to have been struck by those wishing it - and our very way of life - harm".

Lofven had earlier said that Sweden was "under attack" and all indications pointed to a "terror attack".

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf said the royal family viewed the attack "with dismay". However, the police department later said no one was arrested, reported AP.

It's the most significant attack in Sweden since December 2010, when an Iraqi-born Swede, Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, detonated two devices, including one that killed him, in central Sweden.

Local media reported one arrest, but police have said they can not confirm anyone is being held in connection with the attack.

The incident killed five people, while Masood himself was shot dead by police. A fourth person, a woman thrown into the Thames by the force of the vehicle attack, died on Thursday. A suicide bomber died and two people were injured when his auto bomb went off prematurely as he made his way towards the Drottninggatan street area, which was packed with Christmas shoppers.

  • Larry Hoffman