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Stockholm attack: 3 dead as a truck crashes into store near Indian Embassy; Swedish PM calls it terror attack

Three People Were Killed And Many Injured After A Truck Drove Into Pedestrians On A Stockholm Street, According To The Swedish Media.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Ashish Ranjan | Updated on: 07 Apr 2017, 11:43:50 PM
Sweden attack (Image: ANI)

New Delhi:

Three people were killed and many injured after a truck drove into pedestrians on a Stockholm street, according to the Swedish media. Suspect in Stockholm truck ramming attack has been apprehended.

The attack happened few metres away from Indian Embassy, says an ANI report. The local police officials have said that they are treating the incident as a potential terrorist attack.

As per embassy sources in Stockholm all embassy local and Indian staff are reported to be safe.

"Saw two people lying on street, heard loud noises, saw three others injured, helicopters flying," Indian Ambassador to Sweden Monika Mohta told ANI. 

Swedish Prime Minister says one person arrested in the deadly truck attack on a Stockholm department store. 

"Sweden has been attacked, Stockholm crash a terror attack," said Swedish PM.

Stockholm metro has been shut down after attack.

People in the downtown area fled in panic, and the country’s intelligence agency said a large number of people were injured. Swedish radio put the death toll at three.

“Sweden has been attacked,” Lofven said. “This indicates that it is an act of terror.”

Swedish broadcaster SVT said shots were fired at the scene, though it wasn’t clear by whom and police said they could not confirm that.

Live television footage showed smoke coming out of the upscale Ahlens department store on Drottninggatan Street, which the truck smashed into. The department store is part of Sweden-wide chain. The building includes several stores at street-level.

“We stood inside a shoe store and heard something ... and then people started to scream,” witness Jan Granroth told the Aftonbladet daily. “I looked out of the store and saw a big truck.”

Photos from the scene showed a beer truck sticking out of the department store, and Aftonbladet daily reported that Swedish beer maker Spendrups said one of its trucks had been carjacked earlier today.

Today’s incident is near the site of a December 2010 attack in which Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen who lived in Britain, detonated a suicide bomb, killing himself and injuring two others.

Abdulwahab rigged a car with explosives in the hope that the blast would drive people to Drottninggatan, the street hit today, where he would set off devices strapped to his chest and back. The car bomb never went off, and Abdulwahab died when one of his devices exploded among panicked Christmas shoppers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for today’s attack, but vehicles have been common weapons in recent extremist attacks.









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First Published : 07 Apr 2017, 07:24:00 PM