Sweden terrorist attack: At least four dead, several injured

Sweden terrorist attack: At least four dead, several injured

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Sweden Central Station after a truck rammed into pedestrians on a busy street. (Twitter/Volodya Vagner)

UPDATED 4:45 P.M. EDT

WASHINGTON – At least four people are dead after a hijacked truck plowed through a street full of pedestrians in Stockholm on Friday, police said.

Three suspects are in custody, according to police.

Three men jumped out from the beer truck and opened fire before trying to stab pedestrians, witnesses said.

The truck then crashed into a building and burst into flames, according to witnesses.

Police said 15 people were injured in the attack.

Police in Sweden released video stills of a suspect who was later captured in a suburb north of Stockholm after members of the public told police that he was acting strangely.

Two suspects were apprehended at the scene. A third man who escaped was taken into custody after a five-hour manhunt. Police had released photos of the third suspect that were taken from a security video. Police had shut down Stockholm’s Central Station and subway amid fears he could be hiding underground.

Police said the “lightly injured” suspect was arrested in Marsta, a suburb north of Stockholm. Members of the public had contacted police to report that he was acting strangely.

A Stockholm police spokesman said: “One person has been arrested who may be connected with the incident.”

Police said that they were questioning the two men arrested in the immediate aftermath of the attack but that those are not currently suspected of criminal activity.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said everything so far indicates this was “a terror attack” in the Swedish capital.

“Sweden has been attacked,” he said. “Everything points to a terrorist attack.

During the attack, hundreds of people were running for their lives, witnesses told local media. Witnesses reported shots being fired.

Images of the aftermath show blood on the road and bodies covered by blankets.

The street is in a busy retail area where thousands shop. The attack occurred around 9 a.m. EDT (3 p.m. local time).

The truck’s driver was injured but not seriously when his vehicle was stolen. He had climbed out of the cab and was delivering beer when at least one man jumped into the truck and drove off, knocking the driver over as he tried to get back on board.

The U.S. State Department released a statement saying it “strongly condemns” the attack on Sweden.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed and our hope for a full recovery to those who were injured.” the statement said.

“Attacks like this are intended to sow the seeds of fear, but in fact they only strengthen our shared resolve to combat terrorism around the world. The United States and Sweden are committed partners in this fight, and we stand ready to offer any assistance Sweden might require in investigating this brutal and senseless attack.”

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