“Everything indicates an act of terror.”
A man plowed a truck into a shopping center in Stockholm, Sweden, killing at least five people and injuring many more. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has called it a terror attack:
“Sweden has been attacked. Everything indicates an act of terror,” PM Stefan Löfven said at a press conference on Friday afternoon.
“The government is informed and doing everything to help authorities with it.”
Swedish company Spendrups told the media that someone hijacked one of its trucks earlier this morning:
“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,” communication director Mårten Lyth told the TT news agency.
Someone then drove that truck into a crowd at the department store Ahlens Mall.
Authorities have arrested one person:
— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 7, 2017
However, the police stated that they have not arrested anyone in connection to the attack.
Sources have told Sky News that authorities have started to search for another suspect. They believe he ran “towards an underground station.” The suspect is “wearing a green jacket, white shoes and a grey hoodie.”
They have released this image of the suspect:
— Evening Standard (@standardnews) April 7, 2017
A few people have spoken to the media about the attack:
Another witness described the panic, saying: “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.”
From The Telegraph:
One witness said: “When I came out I saw a lorry standing there, with smoke coming from it, and there were loads of bits of cars and broken flower pots along the street.”
Another witness said: “People are lying mowed down along the whole route. CPR is being given and rubbish bags are being used to cover the lifeless bodies.”
From Fox News:
The Swedish news agency TT said several people have been rushed away in ambulances, and live television footage showed smoke coming out of the department store that the truck smashed into
A witness told TT news agency: “I also saw people with blankets over them,” he said. “The whole body was covered.”
Leif Arnmar, who was working in the department store, told Swedish national broadcaster SVT: “There is total confusion. I do not know how many are injured. Many people are totally shocked.”
Pictures and Video
People continue to flood social media with pictures and video of the attack:
Something's happening on Drottninggatan and around Stockholm. pic.twitter.com/YPbrZSe5Mb
— Johnny Chadda (@johnnychadda) April 7, 2017
— Johnny Chadda (@johnnychadda) April 7, 2017
Hijakced truck slams into pedestrians in Stockholm Sweden, Police urging people to stay home & avoid city center. pic.twitter.com/Qqq6aC0JKe
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 7, 2017
More pics from peaceful Swedenpic.twitter.com/gnbmZvfY2h
— Old Holborn✘ (@Holbornlolz) April 7, 2017
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 7, 2017
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says "Sweden has been attacked, everything indicates this is a terror attack" pic.twitter.com/eBgKtxn1NP
— Kevin W. (@kwilli1046) April 7, 2017
Past Truck Attacks
Terrorists have recently used trucks in their attacks. Here are a few of them:
A Palestinian terrorist killed four people in Jerusalem in January:
Four people have been killed when a Palestinian terrorist rammed a truck into a group of Israeli officer cadets on an educational tour waiting to board a bus in a parking area in Jerusalem. The driver drove the truck back and forth over the bodies.
The attack comes as Palestinian leaders have ramped up incitement in advance of Donald Trump taking office, with threats and predictions of violence from the highest levels.
The truck had Polish license plates, police spokeswoman Kerstin Ziesmer said.
Ariel Zurawski, owner of the truck company, told TVN 24, a private Polish television news network and CNN affiliate, the truck, carrying a steel shipment, may have been hijacked.
Zurawski said his cousin — the truck’s regular driver — couldn’t have been behind the wheel and wasn’t the man who ran from the scene.
“My scenario is that they did something to him and hijacked this truck,” he said.
Witness Emma Rushton told CNN that the truck didn’t slow down. She said the truck was traveling about 40 mph through the crowded pedestrian area.
“There’s no way it was an accident,” Rushton said. “We saw at least 10 people” injured and lying on the ground.
French truck killer Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel received logistical support preparing for his deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice from five suspects who are now in custody, Paris prosecutor François Molins revealed Thursday.
“The investigation underway since the night of July 14 has progressed and not only confirmed the murderous premeditated nature of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel’s act, but has also established that he benefitted from support and accomplices,” Molins told a news conference in Paris Thursday….
The five suspects included French, Tunisian and an Albanian nationals, said Molins