One arrested in Stockholm truck attack

Cheryl Sanders
April 8, 2017

Three people were killed and many others were injured on Friday, after a truck drove into pedestrians on Drottninggatan, a busy street in the central shopping district close to the city's main train station in Stockholm, Sweden. The arrested man's appearance had matched that of a man in a picture released by police as a person of interest wanted in connection with the attack.

An hour after the attack, police evacuated travelers and others from the central train station near the crash site.

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

A spokeswoman for beer company Spendrups told AFP that the truck "had been stolen during a delivery to a restaurant". I saw at least two people get run down.

"There were armed police running past us and shouting in Swedish".

Swedish broadcaster SVT says shots have been fired in the area, although security services are yet to confirm.

"I walked up the road and we could just see a lorry, a truck, and what we could only assume was a lifeless body in front of it". There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Radio Sweden reporter Martin Svenningsen said he saw three dead people "but probably more".

The grainy image shown by police showed a man wearing a jacket with a dark hood over a bright t-shirt and dark pants. Two days after his remarks, a riot broke out in predominantly immigrant suburb of Stockholm where police opened fire on rioters, a surprise to many Swedes who aren't used to officers using guns.

The IS group also claimed responsibility for a truck attack that killed 86 people in Nice, France, in July 2016 during a Bastille Day festival, as well as another truck attack that killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin.

Police in Norway's largest cities and at Oslo's airport will carry weapons until further notice following the attack.

Condolences poured into Sweden on Friday from top European Union officials and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "But it touches us deeply when such an attack takes place in our Nordic neighborhood", Niinisto said.

The mayor of Paris said the Eiffel Tower will go black from midnight Friday in homage to the victims in Stockholm. "Everything points to the fact that this is a terrorist attack".

EU Council President Donald Tusk said in a tweet that "my heart is in Stockholm this afternoon".

Juncker also said "an attack on any of our (EU) member states is an attack on us all" and that Sweden can count on European Union help.

There were also at least 15 people wounded, nine of them seriously, after a hijacked beer truck was driven through a crowd in the centre of town.

Abdulwahab rigged a vehicle with explosives in the hope that the blast would drive people to Drottninggatan - the street hit Friday - where he would set off devices strapped to his chest and back.

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