Stockholm terror attack: Death toll rises to 4

  • Four people confirmed dead killed, 15 injured
  • The incident happened on Drottningatan, a pedestrianised shopping street
  • Reports of shots having been fired in another area of Stockholm
  • Hundreds of shoppers seen running for their lives as bodies covered with rubbish bags
  • A city-wide man hunt is underway for suspect
  • Public transport has been system shut down

At least four people died and nine more were seriously injured after a suspected terrorist ploughed a lorry into crowds in the middle of Stockholm.

Emergency services said a total of 15 people, including children, were being treated following the outrage in a busy shopping district at the heart of the Swedish capital.

The lorry smashed through a stone lion bollard into a pedestrianised area, leaving a trail of blood and debris before ploughing into the corner of a department store where it burst into flames.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet quoted a witness saying they saw hundreds of people running for their lives near the Ahlens mall.

Another witness told the newspaper that the out-of-control truck ran over at least two people.

A manhunt has been launched for an individual the police wish to speak to, who was pictured wearing an olive jacket and black hood.

Police cordon off the truck which crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Police cordon off the truck which crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

A spokeswoman for Stockholm County Council said: “We have 15 injured, adults and children, who are being taken care of at hospital.

“Nine of them are seriously injured.” Senior police officer Mats Lofving said: “We don’t know whether this incident is isolated or whether we can expect more.

“We have police positioned at several strategic places with a particular risk threat.”

Mr Lofving showed pictures of the man they want to speak to, urging anyone with 
information to get in touch and saying: “For us it’s important to get in touch with this person.”

Swedish police are looking to trace this man in connection with the terror attack. Picture: PA

Swedish police are looking to trace this man in connection with the terror attack. Picture: PA

Widespread condemnation poured in from across the globe as news of the attack broke, including from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who said he was “deeply concerned”.

The incident comes after trucks were used in terror attacks in Nice and Berlin last year and just two weeks after Muslim convert Khalid Masood ploughed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London.

The Aftonbladet newspaper reported that the truck had been hijacked from Swedish beermaker Spendrups earlier in the day.

Witness Jan Granroth told Aftonbladet that “we stood inside a shoe store and heard something … and then people started to scream.”

Police officers work in gas masks at the scene where a truck crashed. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Police officers work in gas masks at the scene where a truck crashed. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

He said: “I looked out of the store and saw a big truck.”

Another witness quoted by the paper said: “When I came out, I saw a lorry standing there, with smoke coming from it, and there were loads of bits of cars and broken flower pots along the street.”

Annevi Peterson described people lying dead and injured in the street, with blood everywhere.

“I heard the noise, I heard the screams, I saw the people,” she told BBC News.

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 in that incident.

A police officer in a gas mask attends the scene as crowds look on. Picture: AP

A police officer in a gas mask attends the scene as crowds look on. Picture: AP

Emergency servies work at the scene where a truck crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Emergency servies work at the scene where a truck crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

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