Three killed by truck driven into crowd in Swedish capital

Saturday, 2017-04-08 01:53:34
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A truck has crashed into a department store Ahlens at Drottninggatan in the central of Stockholm. (Photo: Reuters)
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A truck plowed into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store in central Stockholm on April 7, killing three people and wounding eight in what the prime minister said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

Swedish police said no-one had been arrested in connection with the attack. They showed a picture of a man wearing a grey hoodie and said they were looking for him.

They did not rule out the possibility that other attackers were involved.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Part of central Stockholm was cordoned off and the area was evacuated, including the main train station. All subway traffic was halted on police orders. Government offices were closed.

"Sweden has been attacked. Everything points to the fact that this is a terrorist attack," Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told reporters during a visit in western Sweden. He was immediately returning to the capital.

Many police and emergency services personnel were at the scene, said a Reuters witness who saw policemen put what appeared to be two bodies in body bags. Bloody tyre tracks on Drottninggatan (Queen Street) showed where the beer truck had passed.

The truck had been stolen while making a delivery to a tapas bar further up Drottninggatan, Spendrups Brewery spokesman Marten Lyth said. A masked person jumped into the cab, started the truck and drove away.

Police confirmed three deaths and eight people injured, including the truck driver, who had tried to stop the hijack.