At least five people [more recent reports say four] were killed today in Stockholm, and more injured, when a man drove a stolen truck into a crowd. The driver, who wore a balaclava over his head, escaped. Authorities are treating the incident as a terrorist attack, and the modus operandi suggests Islamic terrorism, like the vehicle attacks in Nice, Berlin and Westminster Bridge.
The Daily Mail has photographs, including this one of the truck after it came to rest mostly inside a store:
UPDATE: Not sure why the earliest reports didn’t include the fact, but three armed men jumped out of the truck and fired into the crowd. [Probably because this later report turned out not to be true.] Obviously a terrorist attack, presumably Islamic.
One man has been arrested:
Bodies are visible in the street:
As always, early reports are fragmentary and unreliable, but it sounds as though two terrorists are still on the loose, so the carnage may not be over.
MORE: The attack took place on Stockholm’s busiest pedestrian street, and directly above ground from the city’s main train station.
MORE: This closed circuit television captured the moments when people fled the truck, and the speeding truck drove past a shop window:
ISLAMIC TERRORISM CONFIRMED: The Daily Mail has the story ahead of most “respectable” news outlets:
Two suspects were arrested last night in relation to the truck attack in Stockholm that saw at least four people killed and 15 injured.
The arrest of the first suspect, a 39-year-old man believed to be from Uzbekistan, took place after police were alerted when he ‘acted strangely’ in a store, according to Swedish media.
The Uzbek father of four was arrested in the northern suburb of Marsta after going on the run following the attack, reported the Swedish newspaper Aftonblat.
The man, who police suspect was driving the truck, was found ‘lightly injured’ and was wearing a balaclava, with broken glass on his clothes. He reportedly confessed to being behind the attack.
Police suspect he was behind the wheel of the truck, although other sources say the driver is still at large. He had posted propaganda films by IS on Facebook and liked pictures of casualties after the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon in 2013, Aftonblat reported.
A further arrest was made at 11pm last night in the Stockholm suburb of Hjulsta, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen.
Pictures show the second man, who looked younger, being handcuffed and taken away in a police car. Detectives have not confirmed whether the arrest was in connection with the terror attack.
So if that report is correct, this is one more in a long series of ISIS-inspired Islamic attacks.
FINAL UPDATE: More here.