'Sweden Has Been Attacked'; Hijacked Truck Rams Store in Killing Spree
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 16:17
Police have arrested a 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan and say they believe he deliberately drove the truck into shoppers. "We can't go into what it is right now.whether it's a bomb or a flammable device".
Prosecutors and police officials did not identify the suspect, but Anders Thornberg, head of the Swedish Security Service, said at a news conference that the man had been on authorities' radar some time ago. "I can not at this stage say that this is a bomb or some sort of flammable material", Mr Eliasson said.
Swedish police say they have arrested a man who is "likely" the driver of the beer truck which plowed into a group of pedestrians and store, killing four.
Four people were killed in the horrific assault and 10, including a child, remain in hospital.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the Stockholm attack - the third in Europe in two weeks, coming on the heels of the vehicle and knife assault outside London's parliament and the Saint Petersburg metro bombing.
The Islamic State has also claimed responsibility for a truck attack that killed 86 people in Nice, France, in July during a Bastille Day festival and another truck attack that killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin.
After the rampage, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said: "Sweden has been attacked".
In February US President Donald Trump falsely suggested there had been an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, to the bafflement of Swedes.
Police initially said they were unsure whether the man they had arrested was involved in the attack.
Swedish police said say they have received calls about a person who has injured others driving a vehicle on the central Stockholm street of Drottninggatan.
Sweden is statistically one of the safest nations in the world, and the country's prime minister and Stockholm's mayor have both vowed that the attack will not damage the country and city's open society.
Sweden's crown princess Victoria held back tears as she left flowers for the victims at the site of the attack on Saturday.
Media captionWhat we know about the Stockholm lorry attack What is the Swedish government doing? He urged people, to not only pray for Sweden but also defend the country against terrorism.
Hundreds of people gathered at the site of the crash Saturday afternoon, building a wall of colorful flowers on the aluminum fences to keep the people away from the broken glass and twisted metal. "We are advising the public to be careful and to listen to police broadcasts".
Others feared the deadly attacks could continue.
"The cowards who perpetrated this attack place no value on our freedom and way of life here in Europe and their view has no place in our society", the Irish prime minister said.