Carnage on the streets of Stockholm, Sweden, as yet another militant Islamic terrorist hijacked a beer company truck and plowed it into civilians on the street, killing 3 and injuring dozens.
Though no group or no one person has yet taken responsibility for the attack, Sweden is doing a thorough investigation and hunt for those responsible.
Earlier reports that there were arrests made were denied by the police. “We have no contact with the person or persons who drove the truck,” Sweden’s top police chief, Dan Eliasson, told a news conference.
Sky News reported that police believed the man had run away towards the subway station. All subway traffic has been halted. All citizens are encouraged to stay home and stay away from crowds. Streets are being emptied as the manhunt goes on.
This stunning terrorism attack has been using this new method of hurting people, the trend of using automobiles as death machines. This has been the latest way terrorist have been causing damage all over Europe.
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Homeland Security monitoring truck crash in Sweden crowd
A manhunt is underway for the driver of a large beer truck that plowed into a department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least three and injuring many.
Stockholm police denied previous reports that a man had been arrested at the scene, saying that the driver had not been found.
“We have no contact with the person or persons who drove the truck,” Sweden’s top police chief, Dan Eliasson, told a news conference.
Sky News reported that police believed the man had run away towards the subway station. All subway traffic has been halted.
Police would not confirm how many people many people had been killed or injured. Local media reports varied from two people up to five.
“Sweden has been attacked. Everything points to the fact that this is a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told reporters during a visit in western Sweden.
In a statement Friday, they said that they cannot exclude this is an act of terror based on other events in Europe.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s attack, but vehicles have been common weapons in recent extremist attacks.
Police said a truck ran over a crowd at Ahlens department store around 9 a.m. EST, injuring a large number of people.
People in the downtown area fled in panic, and Stockholm’s Central Station for trains and the subway, which is a few hundred yards from the scene, was evacuated.
Spokeswoman Towe Hagg would not confirm reports of shots fired in other parts of the city.
A government source told Reuters all Swedish government offices had been closed. All ministers were safe, the source said.
Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf said in a brief statement that the Swedish royal family had noted the attack “with dismay” and sent condolences to the families of the victims and injured.
“We follow developments but as of now our thoughts go to the victims and their families,” he said.
Homeland security officials say they are monitoring the situation.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said the German government’s “thoughts are with the people in Stockholm, the injured, the relatives, first responders and police.”
Steffen Seibert said Friday on Twitter following the apparent attack in Sweden: “We stand together against terror.”