Stockholm crash that killed at least 3 people was ‘act of terror,’ says Swedish PM

The rear of a truck, left, protrudes after it crashed into a department store injuring several people in central Stockholm, Sweden, Friday April 7, 2017. (Anders Wiklund , TT News Agency via AP)

The rear of a truck, left, protrudes after it crashed into a department store injuring several people in central Stockholm, Sweden, Friday April 7, 2017. (Anders Wiklund , TT News Agency via AP)

One arrest made, authorities say, hours after stolen truck drives into crowd outside department store; intelligence services say ‘there are deaths, and many injured’

STOCKHOLM — A truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least two people, according to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who said all indications were that it was a terror attack. One person was arrested.

Swedish radio put the death toll at three.

 “There are deaths, and many injured,” Nina Odermalm Schei, a spokeswoman for Swedish intelligence agency Sapo, told AFP, without giving a precise figure.

“Sweden has been attacked,” Lofven said. “This indicates that it is an act of terror.”

Swedish broadcaster SVT said shots were fired at the scene, though it wasn’t clear by whom and police said they could not confirm that.

A truck has crashed into the Ahlens department store Ahlens at Drottninggatan in central Stockholm, April 7, 2017. (AFP/ TT News Agency / Andreas Schyman)

A truck crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan in central Stockholm, April 7, 2017. (AFP/ TT News Agency/Andreas Schyman)

The incident occurred just before 1300 GMT at the corner of the store and Drottninggatan, the city’s biggest pedestrian street, above ground from Stockholm’s central subway station. The department store is part of Sweden-wide chain. The building includes several stores at street level.

Thick smoke was rising from the scene, while video images showed an area blocked off by police and crowds gathering around the police cordon.

People react at the scene where a truck crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan in central Stockholm, April 7, 2017. AFP/ TT News Agency / Andreas Schyman)

People react at the scene where a truck crashed into the Ahlens department store at Drottninggatan in central Stockholm, April 7, 2017. (AFP/ TT News Agency/Andreas Schyman)

Police vans circulating in the city using loudspeakers urged people to go straight home and avoid large crowds.

“We stood inside a shoe store and heard something … and then people started to scream,” witness Jan Granroth told the Aftonbladet daily. “I looked out of the store and saw a big truck.”

Police attend the scene after a truck crashed into a department store injuring several people in central Stockholm, Sweden, Friday April 7, 2017. (Noella Johansson, TT News Agency via AP)

Police at the scene after a truck crashed into a department store injuring several people in central Stockholm, Sweden, Friday April 7, 2017. (Noella Johansson, TT News Agency via AP)

Photos from the scene showed a beer truck sticking out of the department store, and Aftonbladet daily reported that Swedish beer maker Spendrups said one of its trucks had been carjacked earlier Friday.

 A spokeswoman for the company told AFP that the truck “had been stolen during a delivery to a restaurant.”

Friday’s incident is near the site of a December 2010 attack in which Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen who lived in Britain, detonated a suicide bomb, killing himself and injuring two others.

Abdulwahab rigged a car with explosives in the hope that the blast would drive people to Drottninggatan — the street hit Friday — where he would set off devices strapped to his chest and back. The car bomb never went off, and Abdulwahab died when one of his devices exploded among panicked Christmas shoppers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s attack, but vehicles have been common weapons in recent extremist attacks. Last month, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, a man drove into a crowd on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing three civilians and injuring many others before stabbing a policeman to death. A fifth person, a woman thrown into the Thames by the force of the car, died Thursday.

The IS group has also claimed responsibility for a truck attack that killed 86 people in Nice, France, in July and another that killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin.

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7 comments

  1. The Ezekiel Project

    It would seem the pace of the attacks is picking up. Allow me a moment to turn this into a teaching moment.

    As a service member, I’m trained in Anti-Terrorism. This means we’ve been told what to look for. I’ll give the lesson by way of a true story.

    Once upon a time, I worked as a member of the security team in a casino. My job was a combination of EMT and Security Guard.

    One night, I was wondering the gaming floor when I noticed two middle eastern men walking the perimeter of the floor.

    The first thing I noticed was that they were showing absolutely no interest in gambling. Second, I noticed that they were walking at a fast pace, arm-in-arm.

    The final detail I noted was that one of them had his cell phone out, and was recording on his camera phone while he walked. I was long past suspicion at this point, and had gone right into alarm.

    The first thing I did was go to my supervisor, who then contacted our surveillance people, and had them locate the guys based on my description.

    Then he tried to make contact with them, but they got wise and left in an unhurried hurry, if y’all get my meaning. They left in a hurry, but tried to make it look as if they weren’t. They even stopped to pose for a few pictures on their way out.

    The final step on our end was to report the incident to Homeland Security. That was it, nothing more.

    Now, here is the primary takeaway from this. Pay attention to your surroundings. That’s the best thing you can do to either prevent an attack, or avoid it.

    Also, it helps to know that all terror attacks follow a set pattern. As a Soldier, we don’t go into unknown situations if we can help it. It’s because of that we collect as much information as we can, before we even attempt to run a mission.

    Terrorists are no different. What I saw was a classic scouting mission. They were gauging and mapping. They were looking for weaknesses and inconsistencies in our security.

    That we chased them out made for good news for us. I don’t doubt our response convinced them that their attention is best focused elsewhere. At least, that’s my hope.

    It’s important to pay attention to the people around you. What are they doing? Is there anything even the slightest bit off about their behavior?

    I’d be more than willing to bet that each and every one of these terror attacks had tell-tales that everyone in the area either missed, or dismissed.

    Here’s what to look for:
    -One or two people taking pictures of a given area for no apparent reason.
    -Every terror attack includes a dry run, so watch for people behaving oddly.

    Just spotting those two indicators is enough to eliminate any number of terror attacks, if you take the required next step: say something.

    In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, one of the attacker’s neighbors mentioned that he’d seen some suspicious activity aroind their house, but chose to keep his mouth shut. Why? He was afraid of being labeled a racist. To out it bluntly, his cowardice very likely cost people their lives.

    In conclusion, each and every one of those attacks could have been prevented if people were just paying attention. Let’s see if this information will do so here. Y’all have a blessed day, and keep your heads on a swivel.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment The Ezekiel Project!

      I just wrote a post yesterday warning people of this very thing, we must be aware of our surroundings and what is happening around us. These times are most difficult and evil, we must be ready and willing to do whatever it takes to stop events such as these from even occurring. Your comment reflects what I said and gives us all vital information which could save human lives. Very informative and great information to have and use in every situation, thank you!

      God bless! Maranatha!

    • Gordon King

      The Ezekiel Project,

      I really liked your comment on being aware of our surroundings, the information is invaluable and a must for all of us to have. Would you mind if I include it in a blog post and share it with the other readers?

      God bless!

      • The Ezekiel Project

        Go right ahead. You can even correct my typos, and still call it a direct quote, if you wish. 😂 That’s the meaning behind the name of my blog. It’s a direct reference to Ezekiel 33:6, and the responsibility of the Watchman. I regard it as part of my responsibility, as a man of God, to warn people of the dangers that are in their path, whether physical or spiritual.

      • The Ezekiel Project

        You’re welcome. He does, every day. By the way, I’m working on a book, some of which will also be featured on my blog as separate posts. There will be much more to come.

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