Stockholm ‘terror attack’: Three dead as truck drives into pedestrians

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Police say they are investigating a “deliberate” attack after a truck drove into pedestrians in Stockholm, killing three people and injuring many more.

Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven has said everything points to it being “a terror attack”, while the European Commission has tweeted: “An attack on any of our Member States is an attack on us all”.

People killed in incident when a truck was driven Friday April 7 2017 into a department store in central Stockholm, Sweden April 7, 2017. TT News Agency/Jessica Gow/via REUTERS

Brewery Spendrups said the truck had been taken earlier in the day, local media has reported.

The company’s communications director Marten Lyth told Swedish paper Aftonbladet the vehicle was stolen as the driver was unloading at a restaurant.

He said the driver was unharmed but shocked.

Swedish broadcaster SVT says shots have been fired in the area, although security services have not confirmed this.

There are also reports of a separate shooting incident in a second location about 20 minutes from the pedestrian shopping street where the crash took place.

People could be seen running from the area

According to local reports, one eye witness in the shopping mall said she saw “hundreds of people” running for their lives.

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.”

Emergency services work at the scene where a truck crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan in central Stockholm, April 7, 2017.
/ AFP PHOTO / Jonathan NACKSTRAND (Photo credit: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Others reported hearing screams and seeing “a huge truck” crashing into the wall of a shop in the Ahlens shopping department at 1pm local time.

Thick smoke could be seen coming from the building, as police urged people to evacuate the area.

Police officers stand in the centre of Stockholm, Sweden, April 7, 2017. REUTERS/Ilze Filks

Armed police have cordoned off the scene, and police cars, helicopters and ambulances are at the scene.

The underground has also been evacuated by police.

A source has also told Reuters news agency that Swedish government’s offices have been closed and all ministers are safe.