Aftermath of Terror Attack in Sweden - It Could Have Been Worse

21 April, 2017, 04:11 | Author: Jonathon Greene
  • Real Madrid players observe a minute of silence for the victims of a suspected terror attack in central Stockholm before a Spain's La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu

Officers were reportedly targeted as they tried to arrest two people - a woman and her 17-year-old son - living at an address linked to a 39-year-old suspect, who is already in custody. Head of the National Police, Dan Eliasson, said that the suspect had been known to the police.

"The arrested man was not part of any of the security police's ongoing investigations".

"The suspect didn't appear in our recent files, but he earlier has been in our files", Thornberg said.

Swedish prosecutor Hans Ihrman said a person has been formally identified as a suspect "of terrorist offences by murder" after a hijacked truck was driven into a crowd of pedestrians and crashed into a department store on Friday.

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said everything indicated it was "a terror attack".

Later Friday night, Lofven laid a bouquet of red roses and lit a candle near the site.

The Prime Minister went on to enforce a strong message against the terrorist group or lone perpetrator that their acts would never succeed against Sweden.

The Stockholm attack is the latest in a series of deadly rampages involving vehicles that have struck European cities over the a year ago - Nice in southern France in July, Berlin in December and London last month. Supporters of Islamic State claimed responsibility for the previous attacks.

"There are two Swedish citizens and two foreign citizens among the deceased, and the countries' embassies are being contacted as we speak", he said.

The department store has now apologised and postponed its reopening. Television footage showed smoke coming out of the store after the crash.

Central Stockholm was in lockdown after the incident, with the main station evacuated and metro, central roads and various bus lines shut as well.

"We are supporting his family in Sweden and in the UK".

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "We stand together against terror".

In a speech Saturday outside the royal palace in Stockholm, the king said "it was natural for me to immediately return home to Sweden". "An attack on any of our member states is an attack on us all".

French President Francois Hollande voiced his "horror and indignation" over the assault.

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