At least five people are dead in Sweden, with many more injured, after a hijacked truck ploughed into pedestrians outside the Athlens department store in Stockholm. The crash has been described by Sweden’s Prime Minister as a terror attack, and it has eerie parallels with the terror attacks in Nice and Berlin last year, which both involved hijacked trucks.
The Swedish capital has gone into lockdown as police have arrested a suspect in connection with the attack, which reportedly involved gunshots. Details are still emerging, and we have the latest on our liveblog.
Following the attack, police officers in Norway, which borders Sweden, said they will be armed at Oslo airport and in the largest Norwegian cities until further notice (Norwegian police do not normally carry weapons).
World leaders have also been expressing their solidarity with Sweden on this dark day. “One of Europe’s most vibrant and colourful cities appears to have been struck by those wishing it – and our very way of life – harm,” said Jean-Claude Juncker. “An attack on any of our Member States is an attack on us all.”
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