2 killed in Stockholm as truck rams into pedestrians

2 killed in Stockholm as truck rams into pedestrians

2 killed in Stockholm as truck rams into pedestrians

Reports suggest that nine of the injured taken to hospital were severely injured.

SVT reports that the man was arrested in the Stockholm suburb of Hjulsta, and he is said to be linked to the man who was arrested earlier on Friday.

"We continue to investigate at full force", Evensson said, urging people not to go to central Stockholm.

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"We can't confirm that at the moment".

According to The Telegraph, a man was arrested after confessing to carrying out the attack.

"It means (either) that that several possible suspects are under suspicion, or that the detainee was not the perpetrator", said Ranstorp, a research Director at the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS) at the Swedish National Defence College.

Detectives arrested the man after issuing a picture of an individual they wished to speak to, later saying he matched the description of the image.

The U.S. State Department also condemned the attack, adding, "Attacks like this are meant to sow the seeds of fear, but in fact they only strengthen our shared resolve to combat terrorism around the world".

Juncker also said "an attack on any of our (EU) member states is an attack on us all" and that Sweden can count on European Union help.

"Sweden has been attacked, everything points to a terrorist attack", Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said.

According to Radio Sweden, "large parts of central Stockholm are cordoned off, all metro services are canceled [and] the parliament building (Riksdag) and the government headquarters Rosenbad are in lock-down".

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Senior police officer Mats Lofving said: "We don't know whether this incident is isolated or whether we can expect more".

Police cars and ambulances rapidly flooded the scene, as central streets and squares were blocked off amid fears that another attack could be imminent.

"Swedish brewery company Spendrups, which owns the truck, said it had been hijacked earlier in the day".

The lorry smashed through stone lion bollards into the pedestrianised area, leaving a trail of blood and debris.

"We stood inside a shoe store and heard something. and then people started to scream", witness Jan Granroth told the Aftonbladet daily.

Photos show a beer truck sticking out of the department store.

"I turned around and saw a big truck coming towards me".

Nearby buildings were locked down for hours in the heart of the capital and the main train station was evacuated. However, the police stopped short of formally identifying him as a suspect.

Annevi Peterson described people lying dead and injured in the street, with blood everywhere. Shattered glass was scattered on the ground near a large blood stain on the asphalt.

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "Our thoughts go out to the people in Stockholm, to the injured, their relatives, rescuers and police".

Another section of Drottninggatan was also the scene of Sweden's only other terror attack, in 2010, when a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing himself and slightly injuring several others.

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