Terror has struck again in Sweden. An unidentified assailant drove a truck through a pedestrian shopping area in Stockholm, Sweden on Friday. Multiple deaths have been reported, and dozens were injured.
The attacker drove a hijacked beer truck to a shopping center in Stockholm, reportedly going onto sidewalks and into pedestrian areas. The attacker then drove the truck into one of the mall department stores. Dozens were reportedly struck. Reports say anywhere from three to five people were killed. Witnesses on the ground, however, say the death toll may be much higher. The Swedish prime minister confirms it was an act of terror.
The accused assailant reportedly escaped from the truck and is on the run. Shots were apparently fired by police, but it is unclear of the suspect or anyone else was hit. Swedish authorities have announced however, that a suspect has been arrested.
There are also reports of a second shooting incident with police at a location far removed from the attack scene. It is unclear if that second shooting was terrorist-related or connected with the mall truck attack.
Here is video from the scene of the attack, posted by The Daily Mail.
The incident took place at Åhlens Mall in Klarabergsgatan.
Hundreds of shoppers were seen fleeing for their lives after the articulated truck rammed into the corner of the building.
Armed police were scrambled to the scene and were seen marching into the store.
Police spokeswoman Towe Hagg said: ‘A vehicle has injured people on Drottningatan.’
Police have also said this is a suspected terrorist incident.
Anna who witnessed the incident, said: ‘I saw hundreds of people ran, they ran for their lives.
‘I turned and ran as well.’
Eyewitness Jan Granroth was inside a shoe shop when he heard screams.
He told Swedish daily paper Aftonbladet: ‘We stood inside a shoe store and people started screaming.
‘So I looked out of the store and I saw a huge truck slam into the wall opposite.’
Mr Granroth managed to escape after running through an emergency exit.
Another witness, called Dimitris, described the panic and saw ‘at least’ two people being run over.
He said: I went to the main street when a big truck came out of nowhere. I could not see if anyone was driving it but it got out of control.
‘I saw at least two being run over – I ran as fast as I could.’
A woman, called Anna, witnessed the incident and described seeing ‘hundreds of people running for their lives’.
She said: ‘I turned and ran after seeing hundreds of people running, they ran for their lives.’
This comes after trucks were used in terror attacks in Nice and Berlin last year. A car was also used to kill pedestrians in the Westminster Bridge two weeks ago which killed five people.
The Sweden terror attack is indicative of the type of attack ISIS and other terror groups are encouraging. Yesterday, it was revealed that Ahmad Abousamra, an American citizen who went to fight for ISIS, was killed in a coalition airstrike in January. This is significant, because Abousamra handled ISIS’ media duties. That included serving as editor of the ISIS magazine “Rumiyah.” That magazine instructs how jihadists can conduct “lone wolf” attacks, including describing how to carry out attacks with vehicles.
We will report more on this issue as it develops.