Man arrested over Stockholm deaths suspected driver of truck

"A number of busy shopping locations in Stockholm have been evacuated at the request of the police", The Local reports, and theaters, concert venues and other events have also been shut down.

Katarina Libert, 32, a freelance journalist, was trying on clothes at the department store when she heard a boom and the walls shook.

Earlier, Swedish police said the man they arrested "resembles the person we earlier have sought after" in the truck attack.

Not only the city's peace was disrupted but the traffic was blocked too as this act of terrorism according to major speculations was meant to be carried out on Stockholm's Central station which is the hub of the city and God forbid if it was attacked it would certainly result in large number of causalities. All subway traffic was halted on police orders.

He told reporters during a visit to western Sweden that, "Sweden has been attacked".

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, speaking shortly after the incident, said there were indications the truck hit pedestrians as "a terror attack". He was immediately returning to the capital.

Detectives arrested the man after issuing a picture of an individual they wished to speak to, later saying he matched the description of the image.

"We will be working as long as necessary" to determine who was responsible, Stockholm police spokesman Lars Bystrom told The Associated Press.

In a statement, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said: "We stand with Sweden, and the rest of Europe, in united determination that our values will not be defeated", Kenny said.

A national manhunt was under way for those responsible and one person was arrested in connection with the attack.

Last month, Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old convert to Islam known to British security services, killed five people when he drove a auto at high speed into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before launching a frenzied knife attack on a policeman guarding the parliament building.

And last month, an assailant drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near Parliament in London.

The deadliest came previous year in France on the Bastille Day national holiday of July 14, when a man rammed a truck into a crowd in the Mediterranean resort of Nice, killing 86 people.

"Hijacking a truck, that has happened before", Magnus Ranstorp, head of terrorism research at the Swedish Defence University, told Reuters.

Carl Bildt, a former prime minister, wrote on Twitter: "Steal a lorry or a auto and then drive it into a crowd".

At least four people are dead after a stolen beer lorry ploughed through shoppers on a pedestrianised street at around 3pm local time.

"Then it drove into a pillar at Ahlens City (department store) where the hood started burning".

Speaking on behalf of the Swedish Prosecution Authority, Karin Rosander said the person was being questioned "on suspicion of a terrorist crime through murder".

She said: "I saw hundreds of people run, they ran for their lives".

A witness told Reuters that body-like forms were seen covered by blankets at the incident scene.

Police vans circulating in the city using loudspeakers urged people to go straight home and avoid large crowds.

Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, said: "My heartfelt sympathies go to all those affected".

  • Leroy Wright