Truck Strikes Pedestrians In Stockholm, Injuring Multiple People
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 14:42
Four people were killed and 15 others were wounded after the hijacked beer truck drove through a crowd before crashing into a department store in central Stockholm on Friday afternoon.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said everything indicated that the incident was "a terror attack".
A truck (bottom, blue) crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan in central Stockholm, police said.
Police said security at Swedish borders had been heightened. All train services in and out of Stockholm Central Station were halted and people were evacuated, the Swedish state railway company said. "This indicates that it is an act of terror".
Police declined to comment on the identity or possible motive of the man, who they detained in a northern Stockholm suburb but Swedish public radio, citing unnamed sources, said he was from Uzbekistan.
"We stood inside a shoe store and heard something. and then people started to scream", witness Jan Granroth told the Aftonbladet daily.
"I turned around and saw a big truck coming towards me".
While Islamic State has not claimed responsibility for the crash, it has the hallmarks of other attacks carried out by the terror organisation's supporters.
"We will be working as long as necessary" to determine who was responsible, Stockholm police spokesman Lars Bystrom told The Associated Press.
The suspect was spotted by a police patrol and was in a police photo released earlier Friday wearing a greenish hood at the top of an escalator.
Spendrups Brewery, which owns the truck used in the attack, said the vehicle was "hijacked" by a "masked man" shortly before 3 p.m. local time.
"It's one of our distribution vehicles which runs deliveries", the firm's communications director Mårten Lyth told the TT agency.
"During a delivery to the restaurant Caliente someone jumped into the driver's cabin and drove off with the auto while the driver unloads", the news website quoted a brewery spokesperson as saying.
Several attacks in which trucks or cars have driven into crowds have taken place in Europe in the past year.al Qaeda in 2010 urged its followers to use trucks as a weapon. He was shot and killed by police.
The worst was past year in France on the Bastille Day national holiday of July 14, in which a man rammed a truck into a crowd in the Mediterranean resort of Nice, killing 86 people.
In neighboring Finland, President Sauli Niinisto said he was shocked by the "maniac act of terror" in Stockholm.
Condolences poured into Sweden on Friday from top European Union officials and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"I just could not believe this sort of thing would happen, not here in Stockholm and Sweden", she said.
"If this is a terrorist attack, terrorists. want us to not live our lives normally", he said. "Britain's thoughts are with the victims, their families and the whole of Sweden".