Sweden 'Attacked,' PM Says After Truck Slams Into Store

At least 3 dead after Stockholm incident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 7, 2017 9:33 AM CDT
Updated Apr 7, 2017 9:53 AM CDT
At Least 3 Dead After Truck Slams Into Store in Stockholm
The rear of a truck, left, protrudes after it crashed into a department store, injuring several people in central Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday.   (Anders Wiklund, TT News Agency via AP)

A truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, and Swedish police confirm at least three people have died, per the Independent. People in the downtown area are fleeing the scene in panic, the AP reports. Swedish broadcaster SVT says shots have been fired at the scene, and the Swedish news agency TT says several people have been rushed away in ambulances. "Sweden has been attacked," PM Stefan Lofven said, adding that indications are this was a terror attack, per the Local. The truck had apparently been hijacked from the Spendrups brewery earlier Friday; someone jumped into the truck and drove away as the driver was making a delivery, a company rep told TT, via the Local.

Live television footage on Friday showed smoke coming out of the upscale Ahlens department store on Drottninggatan Street, which the truck smashed into. The building includes several stores at street level. "We stood inside a shoe store and heard something ... and then people started to scream," a witness tells the Aftonbladet daily. "I looked out of the store and saw a big truck." Swedish police confirmed that a truck drove into people and the store but couldn't confirm the reports of shots fired. Police said in a statement "there are reports of injured, but we have no details on how many and how serious." (More Sweden stories.)

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