Gunshots Heard In Stockholm Following ‘Suspected Terror Attack’
At least three people have been killed and eight injured after a lorry ploughed into a crowd of people in central Stockholm, Sweden this afternoon according to Swedish police.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has said everything indicates that the Stockholm truck crash is “a terror attack”.
Lofven confirms that one person has been arrested in the lorry attack.
Police have confirmed there was an active gunman in a second area of Stockholm, just a 20 minute drive away from the location of the lorry incident, but it is not confirmed whether the two are connected.
The arrest was caught on camera by The Telegraph…
The lorry belongs to a local brewery company Spendrups, who reported that the truck had been hijacked earlier that day.
The Swedish intelligence agency also described the truck crash as an attack not an accident and said that ‘a large number of people have been injured’.
The incident occurred near Ahlens Mall, a shopping area of the city, which has now been cordoned off and the subway has been suspended.
Communication director at Spendrups, Mårten Lyth told the TT news agency:
It’s one of our distribution vehicles which runs deliveries. During a delivery to the restaurant Caliente someone jumped into the driver’s cabin and drove off with the car, while the driver unloads.
Armed police rushed to the scene on Drottningatam, a busy shopping area, and shots have been fired, while emergency services are tending to the injured.
Pools of blood were visible on the street along with bodies covered in blankets.
It is the same area where there was a terrorist attack in 2010 where no one was harmed except the suicide bomber.
A witness told Aftonbladet:
I went to the main street when a big truck came out of nowhere. I could not see if anyone was driving it but it got out of control. I saw at least two being run over. I ran as fast as I could from there.
It took place just before 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT).
Unconfirmed reports say the lorry first drove over the pedestrianised shopping area and then into the main department store.
There is news of a shooting in another area in Stockholm, but it’s yet to be confirmed whether the two incidents are linked.
This comes after vehicles were used in attacks in London, Nice, and Berlin.
Footage from the attack shows people fleeing from the scene, and one witness said they we ‘running for their lives’.
More to follow.