Stockholm authorities have confirmed that four people have died and 15 are injured, following the truck attack that took place outside Ahlens department store in the city он Април 7. Swedish police have also confirmed two people has been arrested, local media report.
Police said that the first person was arrested in a Northern Stockholm suburb and resembles the picture and description they issued earlier Friday, according to Reuters.
“We went public with information and a picture of a person that we were interested in. The person who is arrested resembles that description which means we have particular interest in him in regard to the ongoing investigation,” regional police official Jan Evensson told a news conference.
A second male suspect was reportedly arrested in Stockholm’s northern suburb of Hjulsta, Swedish broadcaster SVT reported, citing police. He is said to be connected to the first suspect.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says that all details indicate the incident was a “terrorist attack.”
“A bag with explosives was found in a truck used for the terrorist attack in Stockholm,” SVT television reported citing several sources in the police.
A witness by the name of Dimitris told Aftonbladet that he saw at least two people run over by the vehicle.
Witness Stefan Pettersson told RT that he “saw at least three bodies that were covered with blankets and probably already dead.” He added that he could see smoke and fire.
“And now I can see policemen, they’re armed and they have full protection and it’s really chaos, and they told us to stay away from the windows…” he added.
Pettersson went on to state that he was about to leave for lunch at the time of the attack, noting that “if I had been 15 seconds earlier I probably would have been dead right now…”
Swedish police have issued a warning to avoid Stockholm’s city center. All Stockholm subway services have been shut down, according to TT news agency.
The scene is near the site of a December 2010 attack which saw a man rig a car with explosives, in an effort to drive people to Drottninggatan – where the Friday incident took place. From there, he planned to set off devices strapped to his chest and back. The car bomb never went off, and the attacker died when one of his devices detonated. Two others were injured.
The Friday incident comes less than three weeks after an attacker plowed a truck into pedestrians in London, killing four people. One police officer was also fatally stabbed by the attacker.
An attacker also smashed a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin in December, killing 12 people.
Last July, an attacker in Nice, France, plowed a truck into pedestrians during a Bastille Day celebration, killing 86 people.