Two dead after truck rams pedestrians on Stockholm street

Two dead after truck rams pedestrians on Stockholm street

He says the man was "in the vicinity" of the truck crash, was spotted by a police patrol and was in a police photo released earlier Friday wearing a greenish hood at the top of an escalator.

At least two people were killed Friday when a large beer truck slammed into an upscale department store in a busy Stockholm pedestrian mall in what Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called an apparent "terror attack".

The crash is close to the scene of a terror attack in 2010 when Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen who lived in Luton, blew himself up. He said police were "particularly interested" in him. The parliament was also locked down fearing a possibility of another attack.

"I went to the main street when a big truck came out of nowhere". It swerved from side to side.

Police told Reuters there had been a number of injuries.

"It hit people; it was awful".

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

"There were crowds of people flooding along the street to get away and lots of police officers with guns and lots and lots of sirens. I suppose from their view it was quick, but it felt like forever".

Police are warning people to avoid central Stockholm around the downtown Sergels Torg square.

"We have arrested one in whom we are particularly interested", Jan Evensson of the Stockholm police told a news conference.

Abdulwahab had rigged a vehicle with explosives in the hope the blast would drive people to Drottninggatan - the street hit Friday - where he would set off devices strapped to his chest and back.

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"I walked up the road and we could just see a lorry, a truck, and what we could only assume was a lifeless body in front of it. It was bad to see", said the man, who saw the incident from his auto.

The Swedish authorities say at least three people were killed and many injured.

The deadliest came past year in France on the Bastille Day national holiday of July 14, when a man rammed a truck into a crowd in the Mediterranean resort of Nice, killing 86 people. Radical groups have urged supporters to use any weapons at hand, including cars, a tactic that presents a major challenge for security forces around the world.

Another witness told the newspaper that the out-of-control truck ran over at least two people.

Government offices were closed.

"And this is a pretty cunning modus operandi". "(The truck) drove straight into the Ahlens entrance".

Police arrested a man in Marsta, a northern Stockholm suburb close to the city's worldwide airport, as a possible suspect.

Sweden's national rail company SJ said all trains to and from Stockholm's central station would be cancelled for the rest of the day.

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said: "An attack on any of our member states is an attack on us all".

"There are deaths, and many injured", Nina Odermalm Schei, a spokeswoman for Swedish intelligence agency Sapo, told AFP, without giving a precise figure. Everyone is on high alert.

Neutral Sweden has not fought a war in more than 200 years, but its military has taken part in United Nations peacekeeping missions in a number of conflict zones in recent years, including Iraq, Mali and Afghanistan.

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