One arrested in Stockholm truck attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 12:37
Stockholm County Council said that four people were killed in the attack; 15 wounded, nine of them seriously after a hijacked truck rammed into a crowd then crashed into a department store in central Stockholm, Sweden.
But Radio Sweden reports that the Swedish Security Service says there is no confirmation the incident was terrorism.
Finland President Sauli Niinisto said he is shocked by the "maniac act of terror" in Stockholm. It came to rest in the entrance to the building.
Photos show a beer truck sticking out of the department store. Extinguisher was seen being sprayed on to the vehicle after the incident.
Bystrom would not confirm or deny media reports that police had found a bag containing explosives in the truck. Witnesses say the driver of the truck aimed at the crowd and drove it into a store's front window. The shop sits close to the city's central station, which was evacuated. All trains to and from the main station were halted and several large shopping malls in Stockholm were shut down.
They discouraged people from going into central Stockholm this morning, and the national theater, which is near the crash site, canceled three plays.
Have any arrests been made?
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday condemned the attack in Sweden by a truck driver who slammed into a crowd on a busy street in central Stockholm. But Swedish police confirmed that three people had died and eight had been injured.
"And I know we share a steely determination with the people of Stockholm that we will never allow terrorists to succeed".
Police have arrested one suspect.
Swedish brewery Spendrups said its truck had been stolen earlier on Friday on its way to a restaurant delivery. They showed a picture of a man wearing a grey hoodie and said they were looking for him.
The attack took place in the middle of the day. He was shot dead by police. A fourth person, a woman thrown into the Thames by the force of the vehicle, died Thursday.
This also follows similar terrorist attacks in Nice and Berlin previous year, in which attackers hijacked lorries and ploughed into large groups of people.
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner offered condolences and said Washington was ready to provide any help it could to investigate "this brutal and senseless attack". "We hope it's the same guy".
Separately, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed solidarity with the victims in Stockholm "and all people in Sweden".
The US embassy in Stockholm told US citizens to avoid the area of the attack.
"I turned and ran as well", she said. "All indications are that it was a terrorist attack". 'My thoughts are with the victims, and their families and friends, of today's bad attack'.