An arrest was made Friday the 7th in an attack involving a stolen truck that barreled into pedestrians on the busiest street in the center of Stockholm, leaving at least five people dead, Swedish police said.
A dozen people were injured in what appeared to be the latest use of a vehicle as a weapon of terror in Europe.
The Swedish Security Service said the attack happened just before 3 p.m. local time. People were seen fleeing the area in panic.
A beer truck was hijacked as it made a delivery nearby, according to the company that owned it. Eyewitnesses reported it being driven at speed along Drottninggatan (Queen Street) before it crashed into the front of a department store.
Police attend to people wounded in the Stockholm attack.
Security services had said a manhunt was underway for the truck driver. Police at a news conference said later that the man who was arrested matched the description of a man police considered a person of interest. It’s not clear whether the man in custody was the suspected driver.
Earlier, Anders Thornberg, director general of the Swedish Security Service, said a “person of interest” was being investigated and authorities released a photo of him.
Police also confirmed they were talking to two individuals about the attack, but stressed they were not suspects.
Parliament and the Stockholm subway were placed in lockdown. All train services in and out of Stockholm Central Station were halted and people were evacuated, the state railway company said.
“Sweden has been attacked,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told reporters “Everything indicates this is a terror attack.”
Lofven said the government was doing everything possible to help the security services. “We are thinking about the victims — their families and friends — and those who were injured,” he said.
The Prime Minister was returning to the capital from the west of the country, his spokesman Erik Nises told CNN.
King Carl XVI Gustaf announced he had cut short his state visit to Brazil to return home immediately in the aftermath of the attack.
Annevi Petersson, who was in the fitting room of the department store at the time of the attack, has been talking about what she witnessed.
“I heard the noise, I heard the screams, I saw the people,” she told the BBC. “As I walked out, just outside the store there was a dead dog, the owner screaming. There was a lady lying with a severed foot.
“There was blood everywhere. There were bodies on the ground everywhere, and a sense of panic, people standing by their loved ones, but also people running away.
It got very quiet. There was the noise, then everything got quiet, and then people started screaming and crying, obviously people severely wounded, then people running away.”
Swedish police have confirmed they are interviewing two people in relation to the truck attack.
“I can confirm that we have taken in two people for questioning, but that does not necessarily mean that they are suspects,” police spokesman Lars Bystrom said.
“We want to talk to everybody who knows anything about this and sometimes it’s better to talk at the police station than [the] place of [the] event.”