Friday, April 7, 2017
Stockholm Joins Infamous Group Of Cities Attacked By Islamic Terrorists Using Trucks
Stockholm police make terror arrest: Injured man 'confesses that he drove hijacked lorry into shoppers' killing four
WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: The man arrested by police in north Stockholm has reportedly confessed to carrying out the truck attack
One person, wearing blue jeans, was bundled to the floor on a busy street by four officers, who then sat on him and held his arms behind his back.
Shocked bystanders then watched as a second man was handcuffed and led away.
Witnesses described hearing people screaming and seeing badly injured people lying in the street.
Horrific images from the scene show pools of blood on the pavement.
The truck used in the attack could be seen sticking out of the side of a department store.
Stockholm Terror Attack
Eyewitness Helena Reynis told Mirror Online: "I was in Zara at Drottninggatan with my friend, we are about to walk out the store and then we hear people scream and run against us into the store and then we see the truck passing us in such high speed.
"We run back into the store to the back and everyone is screaming. Everyone just got stiff but still trying to find a way out the back. Then we hear some noise again and then people start screaming again and panicking even more.
She said: "We were literally 100 or 200m away having lunch when a couple of police cars went by followed by about 20-30 emergency vehicles continuously.
"I walked up the road and we could just see a lorry, a truck, and what we could only assume was a lifeless body in front of it.
"It had a peach or orange towel covering it and there was another body with a white sheet in the middle of the road.
"We were trying to find out what happened but there was so much panic because of what's just happened in London. Everyone is on high alert.
"There were crowds of people flooding along the street to get away and lots of police officers with guns and lots and lots of sirens.
"There has been a few people walking past with blankets and there is a big cordon around the street."
Eyewitness Jan Granroth said: "We stood inside a shoe store, and we heard no noise, and so people start screaming.
"So I look out at the store, so I see a huge truck slams into the wall opposite."
Another witnesses, called Dimitris said the truck came out of nowhere.
They reportedly told the local news site: "I went to the main street when a big truck came out of nowhere.
"It got out of control. I saw at least two being run over.
"I ran as fast as I could from there."
It is thought the truck was stolen earlier in the day. Swedish police have issued a warning to avoid the city centre.
The crash is close to the scene of a terror attack in 2010 when Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen who lived in Luton, blew himself up.
The terrorist, who police concluded acted alone, died on December 11 2010 in the Bryggargatan area. No-one else was killed.
Abdulwahab rigged an Audi car with explosives in the hope that the blast would drive people to Drottninggatan, a busy shopping street, where he was waiting to set off two more devices strapped to his chest and back.
The car bomb never went off and, after setting fire to the Audi, he was unable to detonate the other two explosives as planned.
He made his way down a side street off Drottninggatan and, in an apparent attempt to fix the faulty trigger up his sleeve, set off the bomb on the front of his body, killing only himself.
Sweden's national rail company SJ said all trains to and from Stockholm's central station would be cancelled for the rest of the day as a result of the deadly truck attack in the city.
"No SJ trains will go either to or from Stockholm Central for the rest of the day," SJ said in a statement.
The mayor of London, where five people were killed in a vehicle and knife attack last month, says the British capital "stands united with Stockholm" after Friday's deadly truck crash.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says it appears Sweden has "seen a despicable act of terrorism aimed at harming innocent people and attacking our shared values of democracy, freedom, justice and tolerance."
He says Londoners know what it is to suffer from terrorism, and "we share a steely determination with the people of Stockholm that we will never allow terrorists to succeed.".
The European Union and other countries across the continent also offered Sweden support and solidarity.
"An attack on any of our member states is an attack on us all," said President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
"One of Europe's most vibrant and colourful cities appears to have been struck by those wishing it - and our very way of life - harm.
"We stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the people of Sweden and the Swedish authorities can count on the European Commission to support them in any which way we can."