A hijacked truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least five people, according to Swedish Prime Min-ister Stefan Lofven, who called the crash a terror attack.
Live television footage showed smoke coming out of the upscale Ahlens department store on the city’s pe-destrian street Drott-ninggatan, the store the truck smashed into about 3 p.m.
People in the down-town area fled in panic. Authorities evacuated the city’s nearby Cen-tral Station, which links regional trains with the Swedish capi-tal’s subway system. All trains to and from the main station were halted and two large shopping malls in the capital were shut down.
“Sweden has been at-tacked,” Lofven said in a nationally televised press conference. “This indicates that it is an act of terror.”
Broadcaster SVT said at least five people were killed in the at-tack while Swedish ra-dio reported three dead, but police could not immediately con-firm either report. The country’s intelligence agency said a large number of people were wounded in the crash.
“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.”
There was no immedi-ate claim of responsi-bility for the attack and police at a later news conference said no one had been arrested so far, contradicting ear-lier Swedish media re-ports that one person was in custody.
“We have no contact with the person or per-sons who drove the truck,” Sweden’s top police chief, Dan Eli-asson, told reporters.
“Right now, we have no one arrested,” said Jan Evensson of the Stockholm police, who urged people not to drive into central Stockholm.
Swedish beer maker Spendrups said one of its trucks had been hi-jacked earlier Friday.
“It is one of our deliv-ery trucks. In connec-tion with a delivery to a restaurant called Caliente, someone jumped into the truck and drove it away while the driver was unloading his deliv-ery,” Spendrups spokesman Marten Luth told the Swedish news agency TT.
He said the original beer truck driver was not injured.
Mats Loving of the na-tional police’s opera-tional unit said police presence across the Scandinavian country had been stepped up. The TT news agency reported that check-points were set up on the Oresund bridge to Denmark.—AP