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In pics: Nightmare on Stockholm streets, chaos and panic follow truck attack

Three people were killed when a truck drove into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store in central Stockholm on Friday

world Updated: Apr 07, 2017 21:04 IST
Ambulances on a street in central Stockholm where a truck was driven into a crowd, killing at least three people.
Ambulances on a street in central Stockholm where a truck was driven into a crowd, killing at least three people.(REUTERS)

A truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least three people, according to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who said all indications were that it was a terror 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.

Sweden's police officers guard in the central Stockholm. (REUTERS)

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.”

Passers react at the scene where a truck crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan. (AFP Photo)
Ambulance on a street in central Stockholm where a truck was driven into a crowd. (REUTERS)

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 Friday.

Several people were injured when a truck crashed into department store Ahlens on Drottninggatan. (TT News Agency (Via Reuters))

Friday’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.