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At least three dead as hijacked truck ploughs into pedestrians outside department store








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Danny Boyle

7 APRIL 2017 • 6:46PM

Truck is hijacked and driven into Stockholm department store

At least three reported dead and many injured after terror attack

Police release image of man wanted in connection with attack

Swedish police are holding two people for questioning 

Witnesses report hundreds of shoppers running for their lives

Swedish capital goes into lockdown and central station evacuated 

Swedish Prime Minister: Everything indicates this is terrorism

Crash comes after trucks used in Nice and Berlin atrocities

At least three people are reported dead and many more injured after a terror attack that saw a hijacked lorry plough into pedestrians outside a Stockholm department store.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said it appeared the crash was "a terror attack" and the country's intelligence service said there was "a large number of injured".




Mr Lofven said a suspect had been arrested in connection with the attack, which is reported to have involved gunshots, in the Swedish capital on Friday afternoon. However, Swedish police later said no one had been arrested over the attack.

Blood stains were visible on the streets along with bodies covered in blankets in the aftermath of the incident in Drottninggatan, a street in a busy shopping district.

Paramedics could also be seen tending to the injured near the lorry, which was embedded in the corner of the Ahlens department store with its cab burning.



Watch | People seen running after truck crash in Stockholm



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The attack comes after trucks were used in terror attacks in Nice and Berlin last year and just two weeks after Muslim convert Khalid Masood ploughed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London.

6:46pm

Eyewitness heard screams, then all went quiet 

Annevi Petersson, who was in the fitting room of the department store at the time of the attack, has been talking about what she witnessed.

"I heard the noise, I heard the screams, I saw the people," she told the BBC. "As I walked out, just outside the store there was a dead dog, the owner screaming. There was a lady lying with a severed foot.

"There was blood everywhere. There were bodies on the ground everywhere, and a sense of panic, people standing by their loved ones, but also people running away. 

It got very quiet. There was the noise, then everything got quiet, and then people started screaming and crying, obviously people severely wounded, then people running away."

6:25pm

Stockholm City Council opens its doors 

Stockholm City Council is giving refuge to anyone stranded in the city and unable to get home after trains and buses were cancelled. 

More information, in Swedish, is available here.

6:12pm

Police are questioning two people

Swedish police have confirmed they are interviewing two people in relation to the truck attack.

"I can confirm that we have taken in two people for questioning, but that does not necessarily mean that they are suspects," police spokesman Lars Bystrom said.

"We want to talk to everybody who knows anything about this and sometimes it's better to talk at the police station than [the] place of [the] event."

6:07pm

Londoners 'stand united' with Stockholm

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has said the capital "stands united with Stockholm". 

It is only a fortnight since Westminster was targeted in another attack.

Mr Khan said it appears Sweden has "seen a despicable act of terrorism aimed at harming innocent people and attacking our shared values of democracy, freedom, justice and tolerance". 

"We share a steely determination with the people of Stockholm that we will never allow terrorists to succeed," he said. 

5:55pm

Police release image of wanted man

Swedish police have released this image, showing a man they say is wanted in connection with the attack. 







5:50pm

Eyewitness: lorry 'hit a pram with a kid in it'

Glen Foran, an Australian tourist in his 40s, witnessed the attack.

"I turned around and saw a big truck coming towards me," he said. It swerved from side to side. It didn't look out of control, it was trying to hit people.

"It hit people, it was terrible. It hit a pram with a kid in it, demolished it.

"It took a long time for police to get here. I suppose from their view it was quick, but it felt like forever."

5:43pm

Trains to Stockholm cancelled

All trains to and from Stockholm central station have been cancelled for the rest of the day. The station was evacuated earlier this afternoon.

5:34pm

Timeline of car attacks

Here's a timeline of terror attacks using cars and trucks, from our graphics department

Terror timeline Ramming attacks involving vehicles

2000


Al Qaeda urged its followers to use trucks as a weapon



May 2013
England


Attackers run a car into Fusilier Lee Rigby before stabbing him London



October 2014
Canada


Two Canadian Forces members were hit in Quebec by a lone wolf terrorist inspired by Isil.



December 2014
France


Two people were injured in attack in Dijon after an attacker drove a van into 11 people in five areas of the city in the space of half an hour.



December 2014
France


Ten people were hit at a Christmas market by driver in Nantes. The driver was caught and imprisoned; he later hanged himself in his isolation cell.



July 2016
France


Eighty-six people killed by Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel in Nice as they celebrated Bastille Day.



December 2016
Germany


Anis Amri kills 12 in attack on Christmas market in Berlin.



March 2017
England


Khalid Masood ploughs into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, London, killing four, and then stabbed a policeman to death.
April 2017
Sweden
A hijacked truck plough pedestrians outside a department store, killing at least five people and injuring many more. 


5:29pm

Johnson's 'deep concern' over the attack

 Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has expressed his "deep concern" over the attack

https://twitter.com/BorisJohnson/status/850373821181952002




5:24pm

Death toll remains unclear

SVT, a Swedish broadcaster, has reported that at least five people were killed, but other Swedish media reported the toll as at least three. 

The police have yet to release an official figure.

"A truck was driven into Ahlen's department store on Drottninggatan," said national police commissioner Dan Eliasson. "There are many people injured. We can't confirm numbers of injuries or deaths at this press conference. The medical authorities will confirm that."

Senior police officer Mats Lofving said: "We don't know whether this incident is isolated or whether we can expect more.

"We have police positioned at several strategic places with a particular risk threat."

5:09pm

Putin: Russians and Swedes 'mourn together'

Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, has sent a telegram of condolence to Sweden's king. It is only four days since a suicide bomb in St Petersburg killed 13. 

"In our country, people know, and not by hearsay, about the atrocities of international terrorism," he wrote. "At this difficult time, Russians mourn together with the people of Sweden." 

5:00pm

Do not drive into Stockholm, police say 

Swedish police say they cannot say how many people were killed or injured by the truck and they have not found the driver.

"We have no contact with the person or persons who drove the truck," Dan Eliasson, the chief of Sweden's police, told a news conference. 

"Right now we have no one arrested," said Jan Evensson of the Stockholm police who urged people not to drive into central Stockholm. 

4:46pm

European leaders express condolences

Politicians across Europe have been reacting to events.

"Terrible news from Stockholm," Juha Sipila, Finland's Prime Minister wrote in a tweet. "Our thoughts are with our neighbours and friends in Sweden." 

Anders Samuelson, the Danish foreign minister, said: "It's so horrible to learn about this terror attack... And one thing we can do is to cooperate even closer on exchanging data, exchanging information about what we learn of those terror cells or terrorists." 

Steffen Seibert, a German government spokesman, tweeted: "Our thoughts are with the people in Stockholm - the injured, relatives, rescuers and police. We stand together against terror." 

4:41pm

Suspect 'wearing green jacket, white shoes and grey hoodie'

According to local journalists, police are hunting a suspect wearing a green jacket, white shoes and a grey hoodi

4:20pm

Armed police at Oslo airport

Following the attack, police at Oslo airport and in the largest Norwegian cities will be armed until further notice, according to a police statement. Police officers in Norway, which borders Sweden, do not normally carry weapons. 




4:11pm

Swedish King's 'dismay'

Carl XVI Gustaf, Sweden's King, said that his family reacted to the attack "with dismay". 

"We follow developments but as of now our thoughts go to the victims and their families," he said in a brief statement. 

Sauli Niinsto, president of neighbouring Finland, said he was shocked by a "maniac act of terror". 

"Every terror attack is to be equally condemned," he said. "But it touches us deeply when such an attack takes place in our Nordic neighbourhood." 

4:00pm

Conflicting reports about arrest

After the Swedish Prime Minister said one person had been arrested over the attack, Swedish Police have since said that nobody has been arrested.

3:44pm

Witness: 'Rubbish bags are being used to cover the lifeless bodies'

The lorry ploughed into the Ahlens department store, which is part of a country-wide chain.

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."

British national Itay Lotem was nearby when the lorry ploughed into pedestrians in the centre of the city:

"I was sitting in a cafe, I just suddenly saw people coming in and talking about a lorry that had driven into people.

"I walked out and there were many people in that street, it's a pedestrian street. Very quickly police cordoned everything off."

Office worker JP Hanson described the scene as mayhem and said his building has been put into lockdown.

"Right now, inside here we have maybe 40 people," he told BBC News. "The mood is quite positive, obviously people are afraid - but I would say it's a strong mood."

3:39pm

Latest pictures from scene in Stockholm shopping district

The truck embedded in the Ahlens department store

The truck embedded in  the Ahlens department store CREDIT: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP

Police officers at the scene of the Stockholm attack

Police officers at the scene of the Stockholm attack CREDIT: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP

Armed police on the streets of Stockholm

Armed police on the streets of Stockholm CREDIT: POLICE OFFICERS AT THE SCENE OF THE STOCKHOLM ATTACK/AFP

Police attend the scene

Police at the scene of the terror attack CREDIT: NOELLA JOHANSSON/TT NEWS AGENCY




The truck embedded in the department store CREDIT: TWITTER/EMERGENZA24

3:24pm

Death toll rises to five after truck terror attack

At least five people are now confirmed dead and many more injured after the terror attack,  Swedish broadcaster SVT reported.












3:17pm

Arrest after lorry terror attack

One person has been arrested after the lorry terror attack, Sweden's Prime Minister said.

3:16pm

A crash, the screams... and bodies covered in blankets

Pools of blood were visible on the street along with bodies covered in blankets.

Paramedics could also be seen tending to the injured near the truck.

Jan Granroth told Aftonbladet: "We stood inside a shoe store and heard something ... and then people started to scream.

"I looked out of the store and saw a big truck."

3:15pm

Crash comes after trucks used in Nice and Berlin attacks

The Swedish intelligence agency has said "a large number of people have been injured" after the crash.

It comes after trucks were used in terror attacks in Nice and Berlin last year.

3:08pm

Truck was hijacked, brewery company that owns it says

The Local reports that the Swedish brewery company Spendrups, which owns the truck, said it had been hijacked earlier in the day, reports Peter Foster.

"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.

3:02pm

Swedish PM: Everything indicates crash is terror attack

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has said everything indicates that the Stockholm truck crash is "a terror attack".

The Swedish intelligence agency also described the truck crash as an attack not an accident.

2:54pm

Police confirm at least two killed and many injured

Swedish police have confirmed that at least two people have been killed and many injured in the Stockholm incident. It has issued a warning to avoid the city centre. All subway traffic has been shut down.




Emergency services at the scene of the crash in Stockholm

2:46pm

Pictures show lorry crashed into department store

Pictures on social media showed the lorry had crashed into the corner of a department store with its cab on fire.

An Aftonbladet reporter on the scene said police suspected the crash was terror related.

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