Sweden: Truck crash into Stockholm store is terror attack

Sweden: Truck crash into Stockholm store is terror attack

A truck crashed into a department store in central Stockholm.

The worst such attack was previous year in France on the July 14 Bastille Day national holiday, in which a man rammed a truck into a crowd in the Mediterranean resort of Nice, killing 86 people. All train services in and out of Stockholm Central Station were halted and people were evacuated, the Swedish state railway company said.

A truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, and Swedish radio says the crash has killed three people.

On Thursday, an Israeli soldier was killed and another injured in a vehicular attack, which has become a common means of terror attacks in Israel since an uptick in violence began in October 2015.

Authorities say they are investigating the incident as a possible terror attack.

"Sweden has been attacked, everything points to an act of terrorism", Prime Minister Lofven said.

King Carl XVI Gustaf also announced he had cut short his state visit to Brazil to return home immediately in the aftermath of the attack.

Swedish police say there are several dead and several injured after a truck ran into a crowd of people in downtown Stockholm.

Witness Jan Granroth told the daily Aftonbladet that "we stood inside a shoe store and heard something. and then people started to scream".

The Finnish Border Guard stepped up security measures at airports and harbors following the Stockholm attack and Helsinki police tightened security in the Finnish capital.

Security services said the driver of the truck was not in custody and a manhunt was underway.

The Swedish brewery Spendrups said one of its trucks had been hijacked a few blocks from the scene earlier in the day.

In London on March 22 this year, a man in a auto plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four, and then stabbed a policeman to death before being shot by police.

The incident came just weeks after a suspected Isis supporter killed five people in London before being shot dead by police.

Sweden's Intelligence Agency says on its web page that there is "a large number of injured" in the truck crash.

Friday's crash was near the site of a December 2010 attack in Stockholm in which Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen who lived in Britain, detonated a suicide bomb, killing himself and injuring two others.

A video posted on Twitter, apparently from a building near that street, shortly after 2pm GMT showed crowds running in panic. "In connection with a delivery to a restaurant called Caliente, someone jumped into the truck and drove it away while the driver was unloading his delivery", Spendrups spokesman Marten Luth told the Swedish news agency TT.

Police spokeswoman Towe Hagg told local media that people had been injured but she would not confirm the deaths.

"A number of busy shopping locations in Stockholm have been evacuated at the request of the police", The Local reports, and theaters, concert venues and other events have also been shut down.