Updated: April 8, 2017 1:46:49 am
At least four people were killed and several injured when a van drove into a departmental store in the Swedish capital Stockholm, as reported by news agencies. Swedish Prime Minister has condemned the incident, saying everything indicates Stockholm truck crash is “a terror attack”, as quoted by BBC. There were reports earlier that said one person was arrested, but the Stockholm police said, “Right now we have no one arrested.” The incident also took place near the Indian embassy in Stockholm. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condemned the incident. He said on twitter: “India stands firmly with the people of Sweden in this hour of grief.”
In the past year, several attacks where trucks and cars have ploughed into crowds have taken place in Europe. In 2010, terrorist organisation Al Qaeda urged its followers to use trucks as a weapon. On March 22 last month, an assailant drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then went onto stab a policeman to death before he was shot dead.
Here are the highlights of the Stockholm attack: (IST)
1:45 am: Death toll rises to four, according to Reuters quoting TT News Agency
12:00 am: Saw two people lying on street, heard loud noises, helicopters flying: Indian Ambassador to Sweden Monika Mohta to ANI.
11:20 pm: Swedish police begin preliminary terror probe after a deadly truck crash in Stockholm. Swedish media are reporting more deaths but police won’t confirm those reports.
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10:20 pm: Police release handout picture of a man who is wanted in connection with the truck incident
10:15 pm: I am in touch with Indian Ambassador in Sweden. The attack was very close to Indian Embassy. Our embassy officials are safe: Sushma Swaraj
9:55 pm: Steffen Seibert, a German government spokesman, tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the people in Stockholm, the injured, relatives, rescuers and police. We stand together against terror.”
9:50 pm: “My heart is in Stockholm this afternoon,” President of the European Council Donald Tusk tweeted. “My thoughts are with the victims, and their families and friends, of today’s terrible attack.”
9:49 pm: Suspect in Stockholm truck ramming attack apprehended.
9:03 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight condemned the attack in Stockholm and said India stands firmly with the people of Sweden in this hour of grief. “We condemn the attack in Stockholm. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with those injured,” he tweeted. “India stands firmly with the people of Sweden in this hour of grief,” he added.
9:02 pm: Swedish police says there are several dead, several injured after truck ran into crowd in downtown Stockholm.
8:59 pm: Sweden’s head to state, King Carl Gustaf, expressed horror at the attack. “Our thoughts are going out to those that were affected, and to their families,” he said in a statement from the royal palace.
8:50 pm: Stockholm truck incident is an “attack on us all” – EU’s Jean Claude Juncker.
8:48 pm: In the past year, several attacks where trucks and cars have ploughed into crowds have taken place in Europe. In 2010, terrorist organisation Al Qaeda urged its followers to use trucks as a weapon. On March 22 last month, an assailant drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then went onto stab a policeman to death before he was shot dead.
8:44 pm: According to a Reuters witness, that person saw a number of body-like forms covered by blankets at the scene of the incident.
8:33 pm: Part of central Stockholm was cordoned off and the area was evacuated. Large numbers of police and emergency services were at the scene.
8:15 pm: According to Reuters, Swedish government offices have been closed and all ministers are safe.
8:10 pm: Reports suggest the lorry was stolen by assailant.
8:00 pm: The Swedish news agency TT says several people have been rushed away in ambulances, and live television footage showed smoke coming out of the department store that the truck smashed into.
7:51 pm: Several eyewitness footage, as vetted by BBC, shows people running from the incident in the Drottninggatan area of Stockholm.
7:43 pm: Swedish prime minister says one person arrested in the deadly truck attack on a Stockholm department store.
7:34 pm: Everything indicates Stockholm truck crash is “a terror attack” – Swedish PM Stefan Lofven, as quoted by BBC
7:23 pm: One of the witnesses at the site told BBC that there was total confusion and that he can’t ascertain how many people are injured, adding that many people are shocked.
7:15 pm: Shots reportedly fired in the incident, say police
7:07 pm: The incident took place on Drottninggatan (Queen Street), which is reportedly Stockholms’s major pedestrian streets.
7:02 pm: Three dead in incident, as per BBC.
6:54 pm: the truck reportedly drove into a departmental store, says Reuters
6:45 pm: A vehicle reportedly drove into people in the Swedish capital Stockholm, several injured.
Only in December last year, a terrorist drove his truck into the Christmas market next to Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin that killed at least 12 people and left nearly 56 others injured. Incidentally, the original truck driver was also one of the deceased as his body was found in the passenger seat. The assailant was a Tunisian failed asylum seeker. Just four days after the attack, the assailant was killed in an encounter with police near Italy’s Milan.
A similar incident took place last year in Nice, France on July 14, 2016 when a 19-tonne cargo truck drove into crowds celebrating Bastille Day killing more than 80 people and injuring at least 434. The truck driver was a Tunisian resident of France called Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel. The assailant was later killed during exchange of gunfire with security forces.
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