Truck rams into crowd in Stockholm
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 13:12
Police also said subway service has been ordered stopped and commuter trains will only be operating out of the city.
Another 15 were wounded, nine of them seriously, in the horror attack after a hijacked truck rammed into a crowd then crashed into a department store in central Stockholm, Sweden.
The Swedish broadcaster SVT said at least five people were killed while Swedish radio reported three dead. "I asked a lady, she said that a truck has hit people and is running people down and then there was a lot of chaos", said Indian Ambassador to Sweden Monika Mohta. "I could not see if anyone was driving it, but it got out of control", the witness was quoted as saying.
Earlier on Friday, police questioned two people they did not identify as suspects. "I ran as fast as I could from there", the person described.
Many police and emergency services personnel were at the scene, said a Reuters witness who saw policemen put what appeared to be two bodies into body bags.
Police said the vehicle crashed into a group of people on the street outside a shopping centre after racing down six streets.
Officers said one person had been arrested and they were treating the incident as terror-related.
While it's unclear who was responsible or what the motives were, it's a scene that's becoming all too familiar in Europe.
Angela Merkel's spokesman says the German government's "thoughts are with the people in Stockholm, the injured, the relatives, first responders and police".
The attack took place in the middle of the day.
The newspaper said the Swedish brewer Spendrups reported that one of its trucks had been hijacked earlier in the day.
People in the downtown area fled in panic.
Officials told nearby shoppers to stay inside buildings in the immediate vicinity while the area was secured, and the wider public was advised to keep away from the city center.
The attack joins a growing pattern of vehicles being used to launch attacks on pedestrians.
The following month, four Israeli soldiers were killed and 17 others injured when a Palestinian man with possible ISIS ties slammed his truck into a crowd at a Jerusalem tourist spot.
The Swedish authorities say at least three people were killed and many injured.
"He came from Olof Palmes Street and drove down to Drottninggatan", Durango told CNN in a phone interview. 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.
That attacker was shot dead by police in Milan four days later, and the rampage was claimed by the IS.